Reps threaten zero allocation for Transport ministry in 2017 budget

by Dolapo Adelana

The House of Representatives has expressed dissatisfaction with the Federal Ministry of Transport over its implementation of its 2016 budget.

Four committees – Aviation, Land Transport, Maritime Safety and Administration, Ports, Harbours and Waterways – which have oversight function over the ministry said this during a visit to the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.

The committees threatened to provide zero allocation to the ministry.

Mr. Mohammed Bago, the Chairman, Committee on Maritime Safety and Administration, said the ministry had received N243bn in the 2016 budget and had yet to spend it. He said if the money was not used before the end of the month, it would receive zero allocation in 2017.

“The different positions made to the committee of the house on both land transport, ports and harbour, maritime safety and administration as well as aviation has varied.

“We have received three different documents till date and all of them are not consistent and that is why we have asked for a new document to ascertain the value of what this project is all about.

“We are not going to appropriate on this budget until we have the fact and figure and if we do not have the facts and figure, the ministry of transport will get zero allocation.

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“They have received N243bn and they have not spent it when the ministry of health needs money because people are dying of meningitis, Nigerian soldiers are dying in Sambisa, no money to fund the soldiers.

“The ministry of transportation is sitting on billions of Nigerians’ naira released to it and is not utilised.’’

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