The Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Jubril Barau has expressed dissatisfaction over the repeated lack of corporation from the Minister of Finance, the Director, Budget Office, and the Accountant General of the Federation whom the Committee says have continued to show contempt to the Committee by refusing to appear before it on several occasions. This follows the failure of the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, the Director General of Budget Office, Ben Akabueze and the Accountant General of Federation Ahmed Idris to appear before the Senate Committee on Appropriation over the 2020 budget performance.
Senator Barau warned that such behavior shows lack of respect not only for the Senate but the National Assembly and the entire legislative oversight process. Senator Barau noted He said the committee was not only saddled with the responsibilities of appropriatng funds, it also had the mandate to appraise budget performance because ‘without budget implementation, the budget is nothing’. The Senate had also, two weeks ago invited Ahmed, Akabueze and Idris to defend the 2020 budget performance, but they did not honour the lawmakers’ invitation. The committee then rescheduled another budget performance meeting with the minister for Thursday, September 24.
Speaking after waiting in vain for the trio for over one hour on Thursday, Barau said, “We invited the Minister of Finance and the Director General of Budget Office in order to have a brief about 2020 budget performance. This is the second time we are rescheduling this meeting. “We are here and we are supposed to hold this meeting two weeks ago, but we postponed the meeting at the instance of the Minister of Finance and the Director General of Budget Office.
“Today again, they are not able to come. We were supposed to start this meeting at 2pm, but we are here 15 minutes pass 3pm. We are yet to see them. “We don’t know the reason. We have been told that the Accountant General is on his way, but we have not heard anything from the Minister of Finance.” He added that the meeting was going to be adjourned again.