By EMMAN OVUAKPORIE
ABUJA—House of Representatives Committee on Communication yesterday queried the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, budget proposal of N75 million to replace old toilet doors, locks, repainting of fading walls and provision of directional sign posts to the commission’s waiting room and canteen.
This disclosure was made during the 2012 budget defence by the commission’s management led by Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive, Dr. Eugene Juwah, with the Chairman of the committee, Rep Oyetunde Ojo, raising an objection over the budget of N25 million as legal fees for a lawyer who drafted a bill, which he said was already before the House.
The committee also queried N30 million budgeted for replacement of old furniture, despite an allocation of N25 million for same purpose last year, and as well as the N10 million proposal for replacement of air conditioners, despite an allocation of N10 million in year 2011 for same item.
The committee equally questioned why the commission would propose N89 million for project vehicles and also budget N72 million for quality of service monitoring vehicles.
Earlier, the commission’s boss had informed the committee that, NCC was projecting a revenue of N48.8 billion for 2012 out of which recurrent expenditure of N13.9 billion and capital expenditure of N6.5 billion would be incurred, while N11.4 billion would be expended on special projects and N10. 6 billion transferred to the universal service provision fund, N6.3 billion to be transferred to the Federal Government of Nigeria.