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Reps seek more time to review commission’s budget

The House of Representatives committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and Humanitarian matters, has suspended the consideration of budget performance by the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced.

The motion to suspend the consideration, according to the committee was to afford members the ample time to scrutinize the volume of documents provided by the commission.

The commissioner in charge of the Refugees agency, Sen Bashir Mohammed, had earlier told the committee that the sum of N5.7bn was appropriated for the agency as capital and recurrent expenditure in 2020, adding that the amount represent 36.5% increase from 2019.

Senator Muhammad said overhead was N29m, just as he said that the commission just awarded contracts due to the delay occasioned by covid-19 pandemic.

He said out of the total sum, only N4.2m for overhead has been released so far.

The Commissioner, added that N2.1bn was approved for zonal intervention (constituency) projects for lawmakers.

Sen Muhammad informed the committee that the Commission has capacity and full willingness to execute projects appropriated for in the 2020 budget, and appealed to the committee to help the agency extend the life of its capital budget implementation.

Ibrahim Shehu

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