President Muhammadu Buhari has placed an embargo on the recruitment exercises carried out by all Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

The President said every recruitment, henceforth must be approved by him.

He said this was to manage a rising personnel expenditure that was expected to increase to 12 per cent in 2018.

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He disclosed that overhead costs would also rise by N26bn in 2018 or 12 per cent increase.

Buhari spoke when he presented the estimates of the 2018 budget to a joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives in Abuja.

The President laid a budget size of N8.612tn before the legislature for 2018, an increase of N1.7tn from the N7.44tn appropriated in 2017.

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