All agencies and parastatals have up until Friday to submit the details of their budgets to the National Assembly, according to a directive issued by President Muhammadu Buhari. Heads of agencies were also mandated to honour invitation from the federal lawmakers to defend their budgets.
According to a circular by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the presidency said it had come to the government’s attention that the agencies had not fully complied with the provisions of Section 21 of the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007.
Leaders of the National Assembly had during a meeting with the president last week informed him that some agencies had yet to present details of their budgets.“Mr. President has directed that agencies, corporations and government-owned companies on the schedule of the FRA 2007 to comply with the provisions of the law,” Mustapha said.
“All submissions (109 copies to the Senate and 360 copies to the House) should be made available to the appropriate committees of the National Assembly.“ Copies should also be made available to the SSAP on National Assembly Matters (Senate and House of Representatives), not later than Friday, March 23, 2018.
“All agencies, corporations and government-owned companies should honour invitation to defend their estimates. “Supervising ministers are enjoined to ensure timely compliance with the content of this circular.”