OrderPaperToday – The Senate has threatened to halt budgetary releases to agencies that fail to comply with its one-week ultimatum for submission of their 2018 budget.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, made this declaration after the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, informed the red chamber that only one agency –the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)– has submitted details of its 2018 budget out of 64, despite the best efforts of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang.

“We have insisted that the details of the budget of agencies must be presented to the Senate so that it can be considered along with the main budget.

“In the Nation Newspapers publication of 7th February, 2018, Senator Ita Enang called the attention of all the 64 agencies, that they must submit the details of their budget to him for onward transmission to the Senate.

“So far, only one has submitted and I want this Senate to recognise that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) submitted what is required and therefore it’s a good example of what we are asking for.

“I want this Senate to give an ultimatum of one week to all the remaining agencies within which to submit the details of their budget,” the Senate Leader stated.

In his reaction, the Senate President noted that the leniency of the upper chamber should not be taken for granted and that defaulting agencies will no longer be spared.

He said: “I think it’s very clear the mandate we give to them, one week. It’s not that we don’t know what to do. Some of our cooperation should not be misread as weakness or not knowing what to do because we can definitely mandate the Ministry of Finance to ensure that they do not further other releases because they are breaking the law. If after one week they don’t comply, we will take necessary actions.”

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