24 November 2020 By Aisha Adesanya
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed and the Director-General of the budget office, Ben Akabueze have shunned the invitation of the House Committee on Science and Technology over low budgetary allocation for establishment of a laboratory for the Ministry.
The Committee had queried the budget office for approving the sum of twenty million naira as against the one billion naira needed to kick start the laboratory structure.
Speaking after the failure of the Minister and DG to appear before the committee, a member, Mr Awaji Abiante from Rivers State called on the House of Representatives to return the 2021 budget estimates as the present appropriation lacks the capacity to pull the country out of recession.
The lawmaker who frowned at the way releases where been made to Ministries Departments and Agencies of Government said insufficient budgetary allocation to developmental projects that have the capacity to transform the Nation remains Nigeria’s biggest challenge.
Other members of the committee who expressed displeasure over the representatives sent by the Minister and D.G, noted that there were numerous questions that needed their personal attention.
The Chairman of the committee, Beni Lar from Plateau State, who reiterated the committee’s commitment to ensuring adequate provision of funds for the sector rescheduled the appointment to a later day.