Why Reps Reject Ministry Of Communications 2017 Budget Defence

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Why Reps Reject Ministry Of Communications 2017 Budget Defence
Bamidele Fashube, ABUJA, Nigeria. (GVE) – Nigeria’s House of Representatives Committee on telecommunications on Thursday, stopped the presentation of the 2017 budget proposal of the Federal Ministry of Communications for alleged non-transparency on the part of the ministry. 
nigeria-senate-at-a-plenary-session-e1476198300128The committee led by Hon Saheed Akinade–Fijabi had noticed some discrepancies in its allocation figures  which the ministry discarded as typographical errors.
It also pointed out that the Ministry had failed to provide documents for the 48 capital projects embarked upon by the Ministry amongst other documents.
In line with this, the committee demanded for full details of performance of the 2016 budget  as well as the contractual agreements on the projects, the locations, the stage of completion, the cost, the amount paid out till date
Also demanded from the Ministry are nominal roll,receipts of expenditures on travels and tours, purchases of computer put at over N12m, the number procured, the unit cost, the beneficiaries, cost of training, the approval for such training,the beneficiaries,the releases of funds to the Ministry on both overhead cost and Capital projects.
The Committee also frowned at the N8m which the Ministry claimed it spent on its presentation to the Federal Executive Council meeting.
It described this  as a wasteful spending which should be discouraged especially at a time where the country is faced with recession.
It warned that the 2017 budget of the Ministry would not be attended to unless all the details demanded for were fully scrutinized.
The Chairman of the Committee, Hon Akinade-Fijabi also stated that the committee will on monday proceed on oversight of physical inspection of all the projects claimed to have been executed by the Ministry.
He said oversight of the projects and  documents for, were not to witch hunt any individual or the Ministry but to ensure that things were done with due process
He said”with the document before us, there is a need for this Committee to oversight these projects because Nigerians have been  blaming the  legislature for not doing its job well
“Going forward, we have to look at the procurement process and  on-the-spot assessment of these projects has become inevitable
“In addition, the Ministry should furnish the Committee with its nominal roll, indicating old and new workers
“The provision of the details requested will determine how soon we will embark on the oversight visit and the consideration of the Ministry’s 2017 budget estimates.”
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  1. FOR THE RECORDS BY BARR. ADEBAYO SHITTU HON.MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS.
    My attention has just been drawn to a recent post by one BAMIDELE FASHUBE with regard to the budget defence appearance of the Leadership of the Federal Ministry of communications led by me before the House of Representatives committee on telecommunications last week.

    To say the least,the said post is mischievous,judgemental,biased and a clear attempts by political proxy fighters to dent my hard won integrity.

    To all right-thinking citizens,Inputting non-transparency on the part of the Ministry when the documents requested for by the committee had neither been received nor accessed is like a judge reading a judgement in court without hearing evidences from parties before the court.

    For the same reason,the allegation of concluding that typographical errors which exist in the substantive approved 2016 national budget amounted to a discrepiancy is a case of calling a dog a bad name in order to hang it.

    It is a fact that any conscientious person who cares to observe the 2016 budget would ascertain that there are indeed a few typographical error and any sane person devoid of political ill-motivation would agree that such wrong figures cannot hold the Ministry responsible for such discrepancy.

    The alleged non-provision of documents by the Ministry to cover the 48 capital projects is no big deal to warrant allegation of possible or probeable fraud.This is more so that the committee and the Ministry have agreed that the documents which were not earlier requested for should be submitted to the house committee on Monday to assist in its foresight functions.

    With regards to the demand for full details of performance of 2016 budget including all expenditures,I can assure committee members and Nigerians that all such documents will be available to the committee by tomorrow as agreed.

    This should prove to cynics nd those engaged in political shenanigans that the federal ministry of communications is morally conscientious and incorruptible.

    The alleged description of 8million expenditure as wasteful spending on presentations to the Federal Executive Council cannot be described as wasteful when details of such expenditures have not yet been gotten and examined against what is on ground.

    Finally,I wonder where BAMIDELE FASHUBE is and where he got his fact from as I’m convinced that HON.AKINADE FIJABI,chairman house committee on telecommunications could not have,in good conscience,made those unverified allegations.What is more? The meeting between the house committee nd the Leadership of the Ministry ended on a note of camaraderie,with joint photographs.

    It is therefore my pleasure to welcome the committee to the Ministry of Communications at their earliest convenience.

  2. FOR THE RECORDS BY BARR. ADEBAYO SHITTU HON.MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS.

    My attention has just been drawn to a recent post by one BAMIDELE FASHUBE with regard to the budget defence appearance of the Leadership of the Federal Ministry of communications led by me before the House of Representatives committee on telecommunications last week.

    To say the least,the said post is mischievous,judgemental,biased and a clear attempts by political proxy fighters to dent my hard won integrity.

    To all right-thinking citizens,Inputting non-transparency on the part of the Ministry when the documents requested for by the committee had neither been received nor accessed is like a judge reading a judgement in court without hearing evidences from parties before the court.

    For the same reason,the allegation of concluding that typographical errors which exist in the substantive approved 2016 national budget amounted to a discrepiancy is a case of calling a dog a bad name in order to hang it.

    It is a fact that any conscientious person who cares to observe the 2016 budget would ascertain that there are indeed a few typographical error and any sane person devoid of political ill-motivation would agree that such wrong figures cannot hold the Ministry responsible for such discrepancy.

    The alleged non-provision of documents by the Ministry to cover the 48 capital projects is no big deal to warrant allegation of possible or probeable fraud.This is more so that the committee and the Ministry have agreed that the documents which were not earlier requested for should be submitted to the house committee on Monday to assist in its foresight functions.

    With regards to the demand for full details of performance of 2016 budget including all expenditures,I can assure committee members and Nigerians that all such documents will be available to the committee by tomorrow as agreed.

    This should prove to cynics nd those engaged in political shenanigans that the federal ministry of communications is morally conscientious and incorruptible.

    The alleged description of 8million expenditure as wasteful spending on presentations to the Federal Executive Council cannot be described as wasteful when details of such expenditures have not yet been gotten and examined against what is on ground.

    Finally,I wonder where BAMIDELE FASHUBE is and where he got his fact from as I’m convinced that HON.AKINADE FIJABI,chairman house committee on telecommunications could not have,in good conscience,made those unverified allegations.What is more? The meeting between the house committee nd the Leadership of the Ministry ended on a note of camaraderie,with joint photographs.

    It is therefore my pleasure to welcome the committee to the Ministry of Communications at their earliest convenience.

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