20 July 2012

Nigeria: Reps Knock Jonathan Over Budget Implementation

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President Goodluck Jonathan.

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives yesterday threatened to commence impeachment moves against President Goodluck Jonathan over refusal of the Federal Government to implement the 2012 Appropriation Act.

Trouble started when Rep. Albert Sam-Tsokwa (PDP, Taraba) and 20 others moved a motion on "Non-Implementation of the 2012 Budget', arguing that the "2012 National Budget was passed with an aggregate expenditure figure of N4.887 trillion, including the N180 billion for Subsidy Re-Investment(SURE) Programme".

Tsokwa expressed regret that despite huge earnings from agencies of government in the 1st and 2nd quota, the Federal Ministry of Finance under Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was yet to release monies allocated to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Chairman of the House committee on Appropriations Rep. John Enoh (PDP, Cross Rivers) lamented that the government has consistently refused to implement the budget.

For his part, Chairman House Committee on Defence Rep. Bashir Adamu Kazaure (PDP, Jigawa) said "there are other governments within the government who appropriate funds with impunity without recourse to the National Assembly."

Rep. Abdulmumin Jibrin (PDP, Kano), who chairs the committee on Finance reeled out figures from the various revenue generating agencies.

The House unanimously passed a single resolution urging the President to direct Finance Minister to "stop forthwith continued violation of the 2012 Appropriation Act by releasing all outstanding funds to MDAs."

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