Reps approve virement of N100m from National Assembly personnel allocations

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved the virement of N100 million from the National Assembly Service Commission’s Personnel allocation in the 2019 Appropriation Act to fund capital and overhead expenditure.

The resolution was passed sequel to the adoption of a motion sponsored by Hon. Sani Bala, who underscored the need to utilise the fund before the end of the 2019 financial year.

In his lead debate, Hon. Bala observed that the sum of N100 million was provided for the payment of salaries and allowances of the expected new Members of the Commission.

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He, however, stressed that the expected new members have not been appointed and are not likely to resume before January 2020, thereby leaving the sum of N100 million as the Commission’s Personnel Cost may not be utilised by the end of December 2019.

The lawmaker further observed that it is mandatory for all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to return all their unspent Personnel Cost to the Treasury Single Account (TSA) by the end of December 2019.

“The House is concerned that the Commission is in dire need of funds, as most of its furniture and sundry office equipment are in poor condition as they were purchased over 10 years ago,” he told the House.