by Rachel Ogbu
Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, Bukola Saraki, has warned that the Federal Ministry of Environment or any of its agencies may not receive any allocation in the 2013 budget.
During the 2012 budget performance presentation of the ministry in Abuja, the Senate said unless the ministry adequately defends its capability to utilise funds allocated to it in previous years it will not be considered for any more funds.
Saraki said the essence of the budget defense is to improve the level of transparency, accountability, and performance on the part of government institutions and establishments on the implementation of previous budgets.
He added that the committee wants to work in tandem with best practices by avoiding the budgetary year spill-over situation that extends to march of the following year, instead of from January to December.
The minister of Environment, Hajiya Hadiza Mailafia, while defending the budget told the committee that the ministry will complete all on-going projects in spite of late releases of appropriated funds from the ministry of finance.
She stated that the unprecedented rain fall and the devastating flood this year, posed some challenges to most of the contractors especially those who were already on site.