Finance minister, others shun budget performance sitting, panel kicks

The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, the Director General of Budget Office, Ben Akabueze and the Accountant General of Federation Ahmed Idris, on Thursday, failed to appear before the Senate Committee on Appropriation over the 2020 budget performance.

The Senate had also, two weeks ago invited Ahmed, Akabueze and Idris to defend the 2020 budget performance, but they did not honour the lawmakers’ invitation.

The committee then rescheduled another budget performance meeting with the minister for Thursday, September 24.

Speaking after waiting in vain for the trio for over one hour on Thursday, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Jubril Barau, expressed dissatisfaction over the development.

He said the committee was not only saddled with the responsibilities of appropriating funds, it also had the mandate to appraise budget performance because ‘without budget implementation, the budget is nothing’. He added that the meeting was going to be adjourned again.

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