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Unused N243bn: Reps Threaten Transportation Ministry Zero Allocation

The House of Representative has threatened that the transportation ministry may not receive any allocation from the 2017 budget except the ministry clarifies how the N243bn that it has so far received for the implementation of some of its 2016 budget items was spent.

The Joint House Committee on Aviation, Land Transport, Maritime, Safety and Administration as well as Ports, Harbours and water ways  stated this during an oversight visit at the headquaters of transportation ministry in Abuja.

The chairman, House Committee on Maritime, Safety and administration, Mohammed Bago told journalists after an extensive session with the ministry officials, led by the minister, Rotimi Amaechi, that the lawmakers were not in any way satisfied with the presentation and documents made available by the ministry.

Bago stated that “until we have a clear document,the ministry of Transportation will get Zero allocation” adding that if it were not because of the extension that was given till May, by the end of this month, the N243bn would have been swept by the ministry of Finance.

The lawmakers stated that with the presentation made by the ministry, what was seen was zero spending stressing that unless the transportation ministry shows what they have spent and how much, No money will be allocated to them.

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