06 November 2020 by Aisha Adesanya.
The House of Representatives committee on Aviation has suspended the 2021 budget proposal defence of the Federal Ministry of Aviation, over late submission of relevant documents for the exercise.
The Chairman of the Committee, Nnolim Nnaji who announced the suspension expressed concern that the budget documents were made available to lawmakers less than two hours before the meeting contrary to the normal practice.
According to him, the late submission will not afford the lawmakers adequate time to go through the documents and make appropriate contributions where necessary
“Honourable Minister, l don’t know how you expect us to continue this meeting since we just got your 2021 budget proposal this morning despite giving you over a week’s notice so that we can read through and digest it before today.
“I am not blaming you for this but l must say that I am disappointed in those who ought to have handled this but failed to do their jobs for us to do a proper job, we need time to read through”.
This development did not go down well with the members of the committee who faulted the ministry for the late submission noting that this could hinder them from doing a thorough job on the appropriation.
Responding the Minister of Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika who apologised to the lawmakers for the delay however appealed to appear before the committee next week Thursday contrary to the proposed date to enable him attend the Federal Executive Council meeting next week.
The lawmakers thereafter unanimously adopted the motion that the ministry’s budget defence be held next week Thursday.