2017 Budget: Dalung Solicits Additional 23bn Naira For Ministry

Solomon Dalung, 2017 Budget, MinistryThe Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung, has appealed to the National Assembly to include about 23 billion Naira to the ministry’s 2017 budget.

He explained that the addition is for the shortfall of over 100,000 prospective corps members participating in the national youth service scheme in 2017.

Mr Dalung made the appeal during a budget defence session before the House Committee on Youth Development on Thursday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He revealed that some funds in 2016 were not appropriated, adding that it had a negative effect on the accomplishments of some major government programmes geared towards youth development.

The minister further sought for the support of the committee for extra funding for the ministry.

The Chairman of the House Committee, Adekola Segun, noted that the plea is one the committee identifies with.

In another development, the Auditor-General of the Federation, Anthony Ayine, appeared before the House Committee on Public Accounts to defend their 2017 budget proposal.

Mr Ayine stressed the need to fund the agency adequately in order to discharge its mandate of improving accountability in the 500 Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government.

He explained that while the office needs over 4.6 billion Naira for the year, only about 2.7 billion Naira has been allocated for the agency.

After much defence, the lawmakers agreed that the agency needed more funds.

The Deputy Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Baba, pledged that the lawmakers would ensure that the agency was put on a first line charge.

House Mandates Committee To Investigate Recovered Assets

2016 budget-HouseThe House of Representatives has mandated a committee to carry out a comprehensive investigation of public funds and assets recovered from 1999 till date.

Raising a motion on the issue, the sponsor, Rep. Segun Adekola, noted that the country is said to have recovered a lot of funds looted from the country’s treasury and the exact amount recovered is not clear.

The House Committee on Public Accounts, which is to investigate this, is also to ascertain what use this funds are supposed to have been put to.

The Committee on Financial Crimes is also to investigate if crimes have been committed in the course of managing and disbursing these recovered funds.