Kogi Assembly Passes N99.9bn Appropriation Bill 2016

Kogi House of Assembly on Tuesday passed N99.9 billion as the State’s Appropriation Bill for 2016 and called on the executive to ensure its proper implementation.


The budget is N25.00 billion higher than the N74.99 billion proposals presented to it by the executive arm of government.


The passage followed the third and final readings of the bill after clause-by-clause consideration under the chairmanship of Speaker Umar Imam at plenary session in Lokoja.


Estimated recurrent revenue was put at N63.12 billion, while the expected capital receipts were put at N36.87 billion.


The recurrent expenditure summary showed that salaries and allowances are expected to gulp N42.45 billion with overhead cost standing at N15.83 billion.


Mr John Abah (PDP-Ibaji), Chairman of Committee on Finance, Appropriation and Budget Monitoring presented the committee’s report on the appropriation bill.


He said legislation on the bill was premised on principles of effective allocation of scarce resources to identified critical programmes and projects.


According to Abah, they include completion of ongoing projects and addition of new ones in critical areas of need and expansion of the state’s revenue base through Internally Generated Revenues.


Others are enhancement of greater transparency and proper accountability in public expenditure management, creation of environment conducive for investors and donor agencies to operate; and reduction of domestic debt profile of the state.


Speaker Imam charged members to be alive to their oversight legislative functions in ensuring that the budget was strictly adhered to.


Friday Sani (PDP-Igalamela-Odolu), said the passage of the bill would ginger Gov. Yahaya Bello to deliver dividends of democracy to the people and urged legislators to properly monitor the budget.



NASS To Pass 2016 Appropriation Bill On March 17 – Jibrin

The House of Representatives says the National Assembly will on March 17, pass the 2016 Appropriation Bill totalling N6.08 trillion.


The House Committee Chairman on Appropriation, Abdulmumini Jibrin, told newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja that the Appropriation Committees of both the chambers of the National Assembly had received the reports of budget defences of ministries, departments, and agencies from all the standing committees.


According to him, the Senate and the House of Representatives will harmonise the positions after going through their checklists to ensure that all the reports were in line with the guidelines provided by both the arms.


“We can confirm to you that all things being equal we should be able to lay our report of 2016 Appropriation Bill before the House and the Senate before the 16th of March 2016.

“And of course the consideration should be done on 17th of March 2017.

“So it is safe for us to conclude that the 2016 Appropriation Bill will be passed on the 17th of
March 2016.’’


He said that the committee would meet with the ministers of finance, budget and national planning, the central bank governor, the accountant-general of the federation and the director-general of the budget office “to start the process of ironing out whatever grey areas that are still left behind in order for us to get the job done’’.




2016 Appropriation Bill Was Not Predicated On Zero-based Budgeting- Auditor-General

The 2016 budget was not predicated on the zero-based budgeting system as widely claimed by the federal government and Ministry of Budget and National Planning, the Auditor-General of the Federation (AuGF), Samuel Ukura, shockingly disclosed yesterday.

Ukura, who made this disclosure while defending the budget of his office before the Senate Committee on Public Accounts, admitted that though the federal government had chosen zero-based budgeting as the template for the 2016 budget, it was later forced to jettison it because the reality on ground did not favour its implementation.

However, the auditor-general’s claim was dismissed last night by officials of the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, who said Ukura did not know what he was talking about and wondered how he could have made the assertion given that he does not work in the Budget Office of the Federation.

Disclosing that the federal government was forced to return to the traditional envelope system, Ukura said the N2.9 billion budgeted for his office this year, just like other proposals in the 2016 budget, was drawn up using the envelope system previously used by the Ministry of Finance.

“The budgets of all ministries, departments and agencies of government this year are all enveloped-based and not zero-based as has been the case over the years, including that of my office, which was even largely done for us by the supervising ministry (budget and national planning ministry),” Ukura, who by virtue of his office is independent and reports directly to the president, said.

His disclosure shocked the committee and compelled Senators Akpan Bassey (Akwa Ibom, North-east) and Foster Ogola (Bayelsa, West) to remind Ukura how his revelation contradicted the submission before the joint session of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari on December 22, 2015 while presenting the budget.

But Ukura insisted that the zero-based budgeting system was dropped from the outset and proceeded to throw more light on the intricacies on the zero-based budgeting process.

Credit: Thisday

Read Saraki’s Comments On 2016 Appropriation Bill At Senate Plenary Today

Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, shares his comments on the 2016 Appropriation Bill today at the Senate Plenary on his facebook page. Read his comments below:

My comments on the 2016 Appropriation Bill today at the @NGRSenate Plenary:

On Oil:
“For the first time in the history of our great nation, 77% of our expected revenue is non-oil based. This represents a great foundation for the future.”

On Borrowing:
“In general summary, we were all leaning towards the fact that it is not the amount that we borrow that matters, but the projects that the money is used for. Right now – as a percentage of GDP – we are still within the limits and parameters of fiscal responsibility.”

On Economic Diversification:
“A lot of Senators raised observations on the fact that in the allocations to the agricultural and mineral resources sectors, the message of economic diversification was not particularly reflected. Those are the areas that we should look into.”

On Wastage:
“Based on our experiences in the past, we have talked about not playing the blame game. However, the issue of blocking all loopholes and leakages is key. Hence, we must pay attention to the present, to address the potential for leakages in the future.”

On the Role of the Legislature:
“The Executive has played its role; it is time that we as the legislature do our part.”

On Revenue Benchmarks:
“The issue of revenue estimates must be gotten right particularly by the Finance and Petroleum Committees. The committees must particularly scrutinize this budget so that at the end of the day we can all be proud of it.”

On Zero-Based Budgeting:
“The Zero Budgeting means that projects will be critically assessed to go across all zones.”

On Legislative Malpractice in the Budgeting Process:
“Let me make this categorically clear: there will be no room for money-for-budget in the 2016 appropriations process as sanctions will be taken. We will ensure to report all inconsistencies to the relevant agencies of the executive branch.”

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