The Senate Committee on Niger Delta has rejected the
2020 budget of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs for omitting major
ongoing projects in its capital appropriation.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, has also asked officials to appear before the panel next Monday to show how far they have reflected the ministry’s budget.
Senator Nwaoboshi, at a budget defence session expressed concern on the many abandoned projects all over the nine states.
“We cannot continue like that. With all the abandoned projects in the Niger Delta and we are talking about new projects; these new projects are designed to fail.
“Honourable Minister, we need to look at this budget again and we expect you to do your cleanup because the document we needed were not supplied to us.”
He warned that the habit were “we have proliferation of abandoned projects cannot continue.”
He said President Muhammadu Buhari has not commissioned any completed project executed by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in the last four years.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio said the 2020 budgetary capital allocation for the ministry which is N23, 890,350,399.00 is considered meagre and significantly inadequate in the face of the mandate and goals of the ministry to meet the aspirations of the people and denied that the ministry’s budget was rejected.
said instead of rejecting the budget, the lawmakers should join him to
appeal to the minister of finance, budget and national planning to
increase the capital component of the ministry’s budget.
He insisted that the 2020 capital budget of the ministry cannot even complete a 10kilometre road in the region.
He lamented that out of the capital appropriation of N35.2billion for 2019, no single kobo has been released to the ministry.
Akpabio noted that the 2020 budget proposal was prepared using the approved Zero-Based Budgeting Approach and also in line with the Medium Term Expenditure Framework/Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.