Frowns at Government agency whose IGR is N7 million but budgeted N800 million for purchase of seedlings
BY OBUTE JAMES
Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, representing Kaduna North Senatorial District has called on government ministries,
Departments and agencies to take the issue of budget implementation, particularly capital project execution very seriously.
Hunkuyi who made this known on Tuesday while responding to the budget defence of some government agencies under the Senate Committee on Environment, warned government officials to desist from the act capable of endangering the future of the country.
Hunkuyi Said he was surprised that an agency, National Research Institute will be proposing N800 million to buy seedling in 2017 budget while the same agency was only able to make sales of N7 million of seedlings in 2016.
Earlier, the Dierector General of National Research Institute in its 2017 budget proposal said the agency intends to use N800 million to purchase seedlings in 2017.
However, the same NRI who is a revenue generating agency and budgeted similar amount last year for purchase of seedlings could only get M7 million as Internally generated Revenue (IGR) in 2016.
Similarly, Senator Remi Tinubu, Chairman of Senate Committee on Environment, also called on the public office holders to think about the next generation while holding public office.
Mrs Tinbu said MDAs should not just rely on what the government offera unto them in each budget year but should think on how to meaningfully contribute to the growth and development of the nation by sourcing for funds outside what the government can provide for them.
Earlier, Senator Hunkuyi who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on National Identity and National Population as well as member Senate Committee on Environment called on the Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed to explain the sources of funding for Ogoni clean-up.
Hunkuyi said if the Ministry supervises the private organisations who partner with government for the clean-up, then National Assembly who has oversight function over the ministry should not be left in the dark.
He said the committee should be informed whether it was Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) or Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) funding the clean-up.
Amina said SPDC is part of the organizations funding the clean-up that run up to $200 million and promised to provide the committee with details of how the ministry is supervising the exercise.]