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Reps threaten to drop MDAs from 2022 appropriation

The House of Representatives says Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that failed to implement their 2021 budget because they were not given 100 percent allocation may not be accommodated in the 2022 appropriation.

Briefing newsmen, the spokesperson of the House, Mr Benjamin Kalu, described such attitude from the MDAs as sabotaging the efforts of the government.

Mr Kalu said the House breaks into committees to scrutinize the budget proposal and assess the performance of MDAs from next week, defaulters would be sent back.

He said: “It is one thing to move the budget early enough and It is another thing to return the budget to the January to December calendar. It is another thing to sabotage the government by saying you have not received 100 per cent and so there would be no implementation.

“There is nowhere the appropriation committee stated that you must receive 100 per cent funding before you start implementing the budget”. Mr Kalu noted.

“We actually frown at the agencies or ministries who say they have only received 75 per cent or 60 per cent and are waiting for more to come before implementation. Why don’t you start with that 50 per cent that you have received and when the other ones come, you mobilise, especially on capital projects.

He assured that the lawmakers would do a thorough job on the budget for the benefit of Nigerians.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Edited by Adeniyi Bakare