Reps Suspend Budget Consideration For Refugee Commission
The House of Representatives Committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and Humanitarian matters, has suspended the consideration of the budget performance by the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced.
Moving a motion to suspend the consideration, to enable lawmakers to go through the documents submitted by the commission, a member of the committee, Mr Dagomie Abiante from Rivers State said this was to enable lawmakers to make informed contributions given the late submission of the documents.
He added that the committee members needed ample time to scrutinize the volume of documents provided by the commission as they could not approve the same without going through every budget subhead to ascertain their level of implementation.
“We are here trying to birth a new Nigeria that our generation unborn can be proud of, and in doing so, we must do due diligence by critically looking at the books presented before us”.
Earlier, the commissioner in charge of the Refugees Agency, Senator Bashir Mohammed, told the committee that the sum of five point seven billion naira was appropriated for the agency as capital and recurrent expenditure in 2020, adding that the amount represents 36.5% (thirty-six point five percent) increase from what was appropriated in 2019.
The commissioner who said the Covid 19 pandemic affected the award of contracts by the commission, however, noted that the Commission has the capacity to execute projects appropriated for in the 2020 budget.
He thereafter appealed to the committee to help the Agency extend the life of its capital budget implementation for 2020.