15 December 2020 By Aisha Adesanya
The joint Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Telecommunications has queried the increase in the proposed financial provision for Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for payment of salaries and wages in the 2021 fiscal year, against what was approved in the 2020 fiscal year.
The lawmakers raised the query at the 2020 budget performance and 2021 budget defense of the commission before the National Assembly in Abuja.
Presenting the budget estimates, the Executive Vice Chairman, Umar Dambatta explained that the sum of N29.195 billion was being proposed for payment of salaries and wages in the 2021 fiscal year, as against the sum of N16.850 billion that was approved in the 2020.
Reacting to this, the lawmakers who were aggrieved over the N 12.345 billion increment in personnel cost requested that the commission’s nominal roll be submitted to the committee for scrutiny.
Earlier, the Chairman, House Committee on Telecommunications, Prince Akeem Adeyemi explained that legislative approval to budget proposal remains a cardinal ingredient of democratic practice adding that It provides a window for checks on the expenditure profile of the Executive thereby affording Nigerians through their representatives a say on how the Executive runs the Government.
Ruling at the end of the session, Prince Adeyemi who directed the NCC management team to provide the nominal roll for further legislative action, assured that the Committee would call for an interactive session next year to address the concerns raised by the lawmakers.