By Emman Ovuakporie
ABUJA—The House of Representatives Committee on Interior, yesterday, asked Ministry of Interior to produce evidence of Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, which it failed to include in its 2017 budget performance report.
The committee in session, also kicked against repeated duplication of line items, such as computers and other accessories in the 2018 budget of the Federal Ministry of Interior.
The lawmakers also demanded that all evidences of remittances of the over N1 billion IGR be forwarded to them for verification.
The committee, during the budget defence exercise of the ministry and agencies under it, urged the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazzau (retd), to ensure that line items were properly aligned with current needs of the ministry and not repeated for pecuniary reasons.
Chairman of the committee, Jagaba Adams Jagaba (APC, Kaduna), asked the minister to give reasons the ministry’s IGR was not reflected in the 2017 budget performance report.
Disputing an assertion that the ministry’s only source of revenue was citizenship registration for conferment, Jagaba told Director Finance and Admin, who stood in for the Permanent Secretary, that he had all the memorandum of understanding entered into between the ministry and other agencies under it and would not, therefore, be misled into believing what the ministry was saying.
Defending the scenario, the minister, Danbazzau said the ministry had close to N400 million outstanding liabilities on overhead cost in its previous budgets.