Nigeria’s Budgeting System Has Collapsed – Reps

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The House of Representatives Committee on Education has said the budgeting system in the country was in total collapse as procurement documents were no longer a guide to the process of budget implementation.

The legislators made the observation while on an oversight tour to the Ministry of Education headquarters in Abuja.

According to a member of the committee, Hon. Shehu Garba, after a tour of the education parastatals, they had come to the conclusion that the budgeting system in the country was no longer functioning properly as implementations were carried out before aligning the process with procurement guidelines.

Chairman House Committee on Education, Hon. Aminu Suleiman, while responding to a presentation made by the Supervising Minister of Education, Barr Nyesom Wike, said the visit of the parliament was to fulfil its constitutional requirements.

Suleiman noted that the House was not only responsible for making appropriations but to also monitor and ensure the funds were utilized judiciously and honestly for the purposes they were meant.

He told the minister that his presentation was not detailed enough for the committee to know and track the movement of funds as it only contained monetary allocations without specifications in terms of the area where the projects implemented were sited.

Suleiman urged the Federal Government to find a lasting solution to the incessant industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The legislators disagreed with the minister that the quality of tertiary education in the country was improving, as students in universities were still stuck at home after over three months of strike by ASUU.