LAWMAKERS in Nigeria have accused the country’s Finance Minister of deliberately withholding funds that were due to them for over two years.
“For whatever reason, the releases were short. The finance minister failed to release funds,” said Babangida Ibrahim, member of the House of Representatives said on Thursday.
Ibrahim, representing the All Progressive Congress – APC, Katsina, said that the Committees on Finance and Judiciary submitted a report on the need to ensure the implementation of the National Assembly budget of 2018, and the House adopted it on December 20 that year.
He said however, that the finance minister failed to comply.
“On a monthly basis, what the National Assembly and the Judiciary received on First Line Charge was short by N1.2 billion and N833 million respectively from January to November 2018,” the lawmaker added.
The House of Representatives said it would set up an ad-hoc committee to ensure that all outstanding arrears due to both the National Assembly and the Judiciary from the 2018 and 2019 appropriations acts are paid.