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Delta assembly committee goes tough on MDAs over financial records

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By Ajuwa Victor, Asaba

The Delta State House of Assembly Committee on Lands, Survey and Urban Development, has asked the MDAs under its supervision to ensure that their incomes and expenditures comply with the relevant financial laws of the state.

The chairman of the committee, Hon Reuben Izeze, gave the advice when officials of the ministry led by its commissioner, Mr Chuchil Amagada, appeared before the committee to defend its 2021 budget estimates.

The chairman, House Committee on Lands, Survey and Urban Development, Hon. Reuben Izeze, was reacting to some spendings made by the ministry as it defended its incomes and expenditures in the outgoing financial year.

The lawmaker explained that expenditures must comply with the law, stressing that it was a crime to spend outside budgetary provisions. Izeze pointed out that in one of the heads in the 2020 budget, the ministry spent thirty three percent over the budgetary allocation and warned against a repeat of such in the 2021 budget.

According to him, due process must be followed at all times, adding that there were no short cuts to budgetary procedures as the laws backing expenditures must be observed.

The lawmaker, flanked by other members of the committee, commended the ministry for its high performance in revenue generation, disclosing that the ministry excelled above the projected IGR.

He called for more interface between the committee and the ministry as they must synergise to move the state forward.

The commissioner in charge of the ministry, Mr Chuchil Amagada, said the ministry had approved capital expenditure of one point two billion in 2020 budget; but was revised downward to four hundred and nineteen million, as a result of global COVID-19 pandemic.

He stated that the ministry realised for the state government, N922 million above the projected N464 million from January to October this year.

Mr Amagada explained that the ministry have decided to raise the revenue budgetary projection for 2021 to an ambitious but realistic estimate of two point seven billion naira.

He disclosed that the projection was borne out of the conviction that the current statewide property enumeration program would massively increase the IGR from infrastructural Levy and Grand Rent, among others. The commissioner solicited for the cooperation of the House committee.

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