OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives will not allow overheads which keep surfacing every year to go through in the 2016 budget it is currently processing.
This it said, has become necessary to ensure that the country’s budget is not bloated.
Chairman of the Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumini Jibrin (APC-Kano) made this position known on Wednesday in Abuja while speaking with newsmen on the state of work on the budget.
He said Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that were in the habit of repeating items in the recurrent aspect of the budget would be disappointed this year as the parliament was determined to knock out those items.
According to him, it was wrong for various agencies to keep recycling same items over years, describing the practice as suspicious, regretting that the practice always made the recurrent budget increased while capital component shrunk.
He said: “You see an agency bringing in purchase of 50 computers and that keeps repeating itself for five years, seven years and more. Of course we are talking about the overhead; transport, workshop, training and others. All these items are what we are going to look deeply into to see that it is being reduced.”
Jibrin said the parliament had expected the Executive to clean out those recurring items from the budget and that since that was not done, the House would take the pains to do those.
He said: “We had expected that the executive should take deliberate measures to ensure that all these items are being reduced, not increasing it and increasing the capital. What we would have loved to see is for the recurrent expenditure to be reduced and that portion that is reduced from the recurrent expenditure is added to the capital component.
“But what we have at the moment is that recurrent is increasing and capital is decreasing concurrently, it is not what we love to see.”
The lawmaker urged the Federal Government to ensure that all public workers are captured in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) as a means of blocking financial leakages, noting that only 20 percent of the federal government personnel are captured in the system.
He said the vigour with which the government pursued the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy should also be applied with the IPPIS programme to ensure 100 percent capture.
“With that we are confident that we will be able to significantly reduce the personnel cost,’’ he said.