We lack powers to prevent MDAs from repeating budget items every year – Senate

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The Senate said the National Assembly does not have the power to prevent federal departments and agencies from repeating similar items in their annual budgets.

There have been many condemnations against the budgets of government departments and agencies, which have consistently included computers, furniture and other sundries in their annual tax proposals.

But reacting to the developments in an interview with our correspondent on Friday, the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Barau Jibrin, said Parliament could not stop such a practice.

He said federal lawmakers could only curb the practice through aggressive oversight.

Barau said: “It is a delicate question. There have been suggestions and lamentations from different quarters about the recurrence of spending each year.

“The best way to go about this is to exercise proper oversight on the side of the members of the National Assembly as well as to put in place certain mechanisms within the MDAs to ensure that the elements are not frivolous.

“However, MDA officials contend that said items are perishable as they can wear out and be written off. I think they are not written off at the same time in all the agencies. While it may become unusable in one agency or office, it could still be useful in another office.

“So we may not be able to get to the root of the problem except through surveillance. One cannot blame all heads of MDAs for the annual occurrence of expense items in their annual budgets. We just need to do proper monitoring. ”

Bonus hours reported on October 19 that the Nigerian government would spend N19 billion on computer software in 2022, according to the budget proposal for the year submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari (retired) to the National Assembly in October.

The amount, according to the platform, was spread over nearly 200 offices, and is necessarily much higher because it does not cover the IT and software expenses of the armed forces and dozens of government offices whose budgets are not presented in the part of the entire National Assembly.

Some offices, according to PT, that were not included in the government’s general annual budget document included the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Customs Service, NNPC and the Federal Tax Service.

The punch also reported that FIRS planned to spend 2.04 billion naira on its own on computers alone, and another 1.3 billion naira on “office stationery and computer consumables”

Also, The punch reported that a civil society organization, the Center for Social Justice, revealed that the federal government’s proposed 2022 budget was littered with frivolous articles to the tune of N227 billion.

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