OrderPaperToday- Senate Committee on Finance yesterday questioned the allocation of N249 million by the Fiscal Responsibility Commission for purchase of vehicles in the 2016 Budget.

Chairman of the Committee, Mr John Enoh, asked the committee to reconsider the request in view of the economic challenges facing the country.

“We appreciate that need, and that is how we also expect that you and the public also appreciate the need for the purchase of cars for the National Assembly,’’ he said.

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On the overall budgetary allocation to the Commission, Enoh appealed to the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, to study the Fiscal Responsibility Act that established the commission.

He said that it was necessary for the Minister to consider the appropriation of the commission with a view to empowering it to properly carry out its mandate.

“We need to work together as a country in terms of monitoring and public finance management. We need you to see how much more serious that commission can be taken in view of its importance,’’ he said.

The Chairman promised that the committee would continue to meet with stakeholders to fine-tune the ministry’s budget and those of other relevant agencies before the passage of the budget.

In defense, acting Chairman of Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Mr Victor Muruako maintained that the commission was in dire need of vehicles to enable it carry out its responsibilities effectively, since most of the vehicles in the commission had outlived their usefulness, having been purchased in 2009.

“Since 2009, the commission has faced serious challenges in monitoring and evaluating all capital budgets by the Federal Government spread all over the federation. We have been incapacitated, so this request is based on the need of the commission to face the challenges of its mandate to ensure that we fulfil it in the six geopolitical zones of the country.

“We had zero allocation for 2015 capital budget and our capital programme really suffered last year and even before 2015,’’ he said.

He therefore appealed to the National Assembly to consider the request to enable the commission properly carry out their job.



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