Lawmakers threaten to stop fire service 2014 budget

Posted: October 9, 2013 in federal, political, Uncategorized
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Members of the House of Representatives Committee on the Interior Ministry have threatened that the 2014 budget of the Federal Fire Service would not be approved until it provides satisfactory explanation about the 2013 budget expenditure.

 The federal lawmakers who were at the Fire Service headquarters on over-sight function expressed regret that the Comptroller General, Mr. Olusegun Okebiorun and the management of the agency presented shoddy account of expenditure as it affects 2013 capital estimates.

 Leader of the twelve man delegation, Hon. Dan Asuquo advised the management of the agency to do a more thorough job on the budget expenses to enable the agency present the committee with detailed accounts documents including the bill of quantities for contracts awarded within the year in review and bank accounts of the service for close verification.

 Asuquo criticized that accounts records presented to the visiting committee members saying it was filled with accounting flaws and unconnected statements.

 The parliamentarian reminded the Fire Service officials that it was illegal to receive money from one overhead and transfer the amount to other purposes in different areas completely unrelated to the approved section.

 He also demanded on behalf of the lawmakers that the committee must be conducted to the site of the projects allegedly executed by the fire service in 2013 especially the Fire Service Academy under construction to enable them verify the claims made on the documents submitted.

 Members who spoke on the documents presented by the fire service had pointed at missing accounts records and uncoordinated figures of expenditures lumped together with proper explanation on how some of the money was spent.

 The Comptroller General, Mr. Olusegun Okebiorun promised to carry out the directives of the committee members before the deadline but he appealed to the lawmakers to assist the Fire Service by approving the bill now before the National Assembly and to increase its budget allocation next year.

 The parliamentarian reminded the Fire Service officials that it was illegal to receive money from one overhead and transfer the amount to other purposes in different areas completely unrelated to the approved section.

The Comptroller General, Mr. Olusegun Okebiorun promised to carry out the directives of the committee members before the deadline but he appealed to the lawmakers to assist the Fire Service by approving the bill now before the National Assembly and to increase its budget allocation next year.

 

 

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