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Senate to investigate NACA budget

The Senate has set up a three-man ad hoc committee to look into the budgeting process of NACA.

This was sequel to the presentation of the agency’s 2021- 2022 budget performance by the Director General Gambo Aliyu, before the Senate Committee on Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases.

 The Chairman of the committee, Senator Ishaku Abbo, expressed concern in the uncoordinated way the Budget proposals for the Agency were prepared.

According to Senator Abbo, putting recurrent items under capital budget was an anomaly.

“The fact that things have gone wrong for 100 years doesn’t make it right. We must change how things are done. “How can a board meeting be captured as a capital project?. This is not just a discrepancy, it is a misnomer. We have to correct this misnomer.

The committee will look at it and expunge it. Your capital doesn’t sound capital enough. We understand the importance of your agency,” Abbo said.

“I’m setting up a three-man ad hoc committee to look at the budgeting processes of NACA and liaise with the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation and the Director-General Budget Office.

“This is so that they will come up with a workable and more acceptable way of doing budget for NACA.”

Senator Abbo also queried the level with which grants and aids received by government agencies were not accounted for.

“Grants and aids are currently received by different government agencies on behalf of Nigerians. This is running into billions of naira.

“Nobody knows what they are doing with it. These agencies are a creation of the law. We must know what they are doing with the loans and grants. They must account for them,”Abbo said.

He, thereby stepped down consideration of the 2023 budget of NACA.

Meanwhile, after a closed-door session with Director-General, ,  Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, the committee gave the assurance that it would ensure adequate budgetary provision for the centre to get a befitting Headquarter.

Reporting by Amaka Ene, editing by Daniel Adejo