OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation has warned members to desist from the practice of moving their zonal intervention projects to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that have no mandate or capacity to execute such projects.
Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Muktar Betera, said, such practice has led to the repetition of projects in the annual budgets.
He also stated that no committee is allowed to transfer money from recurrent expenditure to capital moving forward.
Mr. Betara, disclosed these after a brief meeting organized by the committee on Thursday, said that the House is targeting December 16th 2021, to carry out the final passage of the 2022 Appropriation Bill currently being processed.
Earlier, the House had passed the bill for second reading after two days of extensive debate and deliberation on its general principles.
Besides the speaking on zonal intervention projects, Betera further stated that the Appropriation Committee would ensure to lay its report before the House on December 14th 2021. Then for consideration on the 15th and subsequent third reading and passage on the 16th. Thus, he advised committee members to work within the time frame.
He informed his colleagues that the meeting was necessitated by the need to streamline the way forward after the House had referred the bill to the committee. He said work on the document would commence earnestly next week Monday. Also, he added that guidelines would be released to all standing committees, which are sub-panels to the Appropriations Committee by budgeting tradition.
“We’re going to be more careful on recurrent expenditure. No money should be taken from recurrent to the capital expenditure, and no money from capital to recurrent, unless where it is absolutely necessary. As members of this committee, you have to look at the subcommittee assigned to you, and guide them in line with the guideline the Clerk will make available to you on Monday. We need to do a very clean job”, the Lawmaker stated.
Recall that the N16.9 trillion 2022 Appropriation bill was presented by President Muhammadu Buhari on October 7th 2021. If all goes as planned, the budget is expected to be passed by the end of December or January.