Senate Moves To Sanction Revenue Leakages In MDAs - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Sunday, July 4, 2021

Senate Moves To Sanction Revenue Leakages In MDAs

                       •Ahmad Lawan

By Jane Okafor, Abuja

Following discovery of massive leakages and misuse of internally generated revenue (IGR) by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Federal Government during the ongoing investigation by the Senate Committee on Finance on IGR remittances by MDAs and 1% Stamp Duty on all contracts by MDAs, the committee is fast tracking a public hearing for Tuesday on the Fiscal Responsibility Commission(FRC) Bill 2020.

The Senator Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West) led committee had during the ongoing investigation unearthed sharp practices of non-remittances of revenues of government according the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA) 2007 and the 1999 Constitution.

This led to directives requiring MDAs to refund hundreds of million in the last three months. 

Senator Adeola who disclosed this on Sunday  through his Media Adviser, Chief Kayode Odunaro, frowns at the inability of Fiscal Responsibility Commission to enforce the FRA 2007 for government to have more revenue, leaving agencies to fritter away government resources.

He  stressed that in this era of recurrent budget deficits government must get revenues from agencies it is funding,  at times with borrowed funds. 

“Government can no longer continue to borrow money to fund MDAs and run huge recurrent budget deficits yearly while MDAs refused to remit or misuse generated revenues as stipulated by the laws of the land. Our investigations indicate legislative lacuna that must be quickly bridged as government requires these revenues to reduce borrowings to fund budgets” he stated on Thursday’s sitting of the investigative hearing.  

The Fiscal Responsibility Commission (Establishment, Etc) Bill 2020 slated for public hearing seeks to provide for prudent management of national resources on long term as well as secure greater accountability and transparency of fiscal operations within the Medium Term Fiscal Policy Framework among other goals to ensure credible expenditure management in government. 

The Senate Committee on Finance will also hear from the public on two other bills namely; the “Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (Establishment, Etc,) Act CAP N166 LFN 2004(Amendment) Bill, 2020” and “Constituency Projects Bills, 2019.”

 The former seeks to amend the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority Act 2004 to provide additional funding of the Sovereign Wealth Fund from the distribution of monthly revenue accruing to the Federation Account while the later bill seeks to make provision for Constituency Projects in annual budget by a minimum of 20% for the purpose of infrastructural development, wealth creation and fight poverty at the constituency level.  

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