By Luka Binniyat
ABUJA—An angry House of Representatives seating in plenary, yesterday, claimed that only 30% of the capital vote for the 2010 budget has been released to Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, of government two months to the end of the financial year.
They then ordered the Minister of Finance, Mr. Shegun Aganga, to appears before it today to explain the failure of the executive arm of government to implement the budget to the letter.
The motion was sponsored by the Minority Leader, Mr. Mohammed Ndume, and 15 other members.
The House resolved that it would ascertain the level of implementation of the 2010 budget before accepting the 2011 budget proposal from the executive.
Ndume said that out of the N4.6 trillion appropriated in 2010, only 25% of the amount was allocated to capital project which is critical to the economy.
He said that members of the House have worked tirelessly to ensure that the budget and its supplementary were passed, stating that the executive has frustrated the move.
According to him, the oil benchmark was pegged at 57 Dollar per barrel when the budget was passed, but that the current oil price had risen to $80 dollars per barrel.
He said: “This House must take very seriously severe position on this matter because time is not on our side.”
Mr. Halims Agoda (PDP, Delta) in his contribution said that it was the responsibility of the House to monitor the level of implementation of the budget
Mr. Labaran Danbatta (ANPP, Kano) drew the attention of the House to the need to increase the level of monitoring of the executive arm of government regarding budget implementation.
He said: “It is sad that we are talking about budget non-implementation in October when the budget ought to have been conclusively implemented.
“We cannot sit down here and watch this negative development.”
According to Dambatta, the attention that the Federal Government gave to the release of funds for the 50th independence anniversary celebration ought to be replicated in terms of release of funds.