Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja
No fewer than 184 top government officials from various ministries, departments and agencies (MDA) of the federal government have been redeployed in a major shake up triggered by the controversy over the 2016 budget.

Although the MDAs involved could not be confirmed at press time, THISDAY learnt that 22 of the redeployed officials are from the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.

Of the 22, four directors, six deputy directors, and 12 assistant directors of the budget ministry are to be redeployed.

THISDAY gathered last night that 14 top new personnel are to move to the Budget and National Planning Ministry as replacements for those moving out of the ministry.
The Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, it was learnt, has already communicated to all the affected personnel and the redeployment will take effect from 11am today.

Serious controversy has dogged the 2016 budget, characterised by its disappearance, embarrassing errors and reported cases of padding.

The development has not only caused some delays in the passage of the Appropriation Bill by the National assembly, but already claimed its first casualty with the sack of the former Director General of the Budget Office of the Federation, Mr. Yahaya Gusau and the appointment of Mr. Mr. Tijjani Abdullahi as his replacement.