Budget implementation: Reps meet Okonjo-Iweala today

Budget implementation: Reps meet Okonjo-Iweala today

The House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation will meet with Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Co-ordinating Minister for the Economy and Finance on the level of implementation of the 2012 Appropriation Act by the Executive.

Today's meeting was sequel to the cancellation of a scheduled meeting yesterday following the three-day mourning period declared by the Federal Government to honour victims of the Dana Airline crash of Sunday in Lagos.

The Chairman of the Committee, John Enoh, requested from the Minister, who was accompanied by the Director-General of Budget Office, Bright Okongwu,

detailed information on the budget implementation and the level of releases to the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

According to him, the interactive session was in conformity with the mandate of the committee, which includes monitoring and supervision of the budget implementation by the executive.

He said: "Looking at the letter of invitation that we have extended to the Minister of Finance, we had asked for all necessary data and information relating to releases and cash backings in terms of the implementation of the Act. So, let me request that the honourable minister will simply, or any of her officials that is here with her who is in possession of these documents, to just submit that to the committee secretariat."

Enoh, however, made a case for the postponement of the meeting in line with the mood of the nation.

He said: "As important as this meeting is and as important as this mandate is, especially as it has to do with having to monitor and ensure that monies appropriated for 2012 for various operations of parastatals of government, you will all agree with me that the national mood that our country faces at present, for which Mr President has declared three days of mourning and for which the House of Representatives at plenary had to restrain. It doesn't appear that this engagement would go ahead as we thought."

Okonjo-Iweala was in agreement with the decision of the committee and assured the members that she will make the required information available to the committee today.

"I can tell you the summary of releases and the cash backings, but I think we could give you a better detailed table that you can digest," she said.

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