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Lawmakers dissatisfied with N58m allocation to BPP

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Procurement has frowned at the N58 million capital allocation in the 2023 budget proposal to the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP).

Chairman of the Committee, Nassir Ahmed, expressed the concerns when the agency appeared before the committee to defend the 2023 budget at the National Assembly.

“Your agency is very relevant to the growth of this country. You cannot run an agency with N58 million; it is too small,” Mr Ahmed declared.

Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Benjamin Kalu, condemned the reduction of the capital expenditure of the BPP from N94 million to N58 million, saying Nigeria remained the loser with the poor budgeting for the bureau.

Director-General, BPP, Mamman Ahmed, explained that the bureau spent N67 million on local training while N129 million was expended on international training in the agency’s 2022 budget.

The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Public Procurement also ruled that the committee would sit with its counterpart in the Senate in order to increase the budget of the BPP.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Muzha Kucha and Tony Okerafor