Senate frowns at FIRS budget, calls for proper monitoring and investigation
Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 10 November 2016 | 2,369 times
Nigerian Senate has frowned at the recurrence of capital projects in the budget of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and called for adequate investigation to ensure correctness of figures and thorough monitoring process.
This followed the report of the Senate Committee on Finance on the 2016 Budget of the FIRS
presented by Senator John Enoh, representing Cross Rivers Central, on the floor of the Senate during plenary on Thursday.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who raised concern over the report, said that the Committee on Finance also agreed with all the recommendations of the FIRS. He said: “Capital projects that are ambiguous keep reoccurring in the Budget. We must put a stop to this and ensure these projects are carefully examined.”
Saraki further averred that “as part of our oversight function, we must check correctness of figures and ensure thorough investigation at all times.”
He however, directed the Committee on Finance to go back and tidy up its report properly.
Some lawmakers; Senators Mohammed Hassan, Jibrin Barau, Albert Akpan, Phillip Aduda and Ibn Na’Allah also expressed shocked at the Committee’s report.