OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Wednesday said it will resolve cases of omitted budgets of some agencies.
The Chairman of the Committee on Appropriation, Senator Jibrin Barau, told journalists after some Chairmen of Senate Standing Committees submitted their reports to the Committee.
He said: “The budget proposal is a very wide process talking about estimates of expenditures that are going to be undertaken by the Federal Government. So, you have several expenditures and there is room for omission but that is why we are here.
“We told our own committees to go and scrutinize the budgets of Ministries and report back to us.
“Whatever you see in the budget, whether it is an omission, our work is to get the report and engage our own experts here.
“We have accountants, we have economists, they will be addressed if there is need for correction, if there is an omission, we will fill those gaps. So there is no cause for alarm.”
Barau also reiterated that his committee will lay a harmonized version of 2021 budget before the Senate at plenary on December 3, 2020.
“We have our timetable; we want to submit by 3rd of December, 2020. We are going to submit a harmonized version of the 2021 budget by the grace of God.
“We look towards submission of the budget on December 3,” he added.
Recall that the National Assembly adjourned its plenary in October after President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2021 appropriation, for Ministries, Departments, Agencies to defend their budget proposals.
Cases of omitted budgets of agencies or usurpations are not uncommon in the budgetary processes of the National Assembly and generally reflective of what is commonly known as budget padding.