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Reps caution MDAs on budget tampering

Following submission of the revised 2020 budget proposal by President Muhammadu Buhari, the House of Representatives has warned that Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of federal government must desist from tampering with the 2020 budget.

Chairman, Appropriation Committee Alh Muktar Betera who issued the warning in a statement in Abuja noted that no MDA has powers to tinker with the budget as only the National Assembly is statutorily empowered to review, adjust, consider and pass budget.

He stressed that both 1999 Constitution and Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2007 provide for no limitations on the National Assembly’s power to amend the Appropriations bill. 

According to the Appropriation Committee Chairman, “Section 80 (4) specifically provided that ‘no money shall be withdrawn from the Consolidated Revenue Fund or any other public fund of the Federation, except in the manner prescribed by the National Assembly”.

Alh Betera stated that because of the importance the National Assembly attached to the budget, members of the relevant committees will continue to work on it during the two-week Sallah break, stressing that “the break will not in any way affect their consideration of the budget as it is critical to the survival of our nation at this trying period.

He assured that the House of Committee on Appropriation is committed to working with other relevant committees, the Senate and Executive to have workable and implementable budget to help the country overcome the negative economic effects of COVID-19. 

Ibrahim Shehu

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