Buhari, NASS on collision course over N11.635bn padded refund toDelta, Taraba state

Speaker of the House Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara welcoming President Muhammadu Buhari to the Joint Session of the National Assembly, with him is Senate President Bukola Saraki (left) & Clerk to the National Assembly, Alhaji Mohammed Sani-Omolori, during the 2019 Budget Presentation at the National Assembly on 19th 2018. Photo: Speaker’s Media Office

KEHINDE AKINTOLA

President Muhammadu Buhari has frowned at decision of National
Assembly to inflate the proposed refund of N78.602 billion by N11.635
billion.

According to the letter seen by our Correspondent, President Buhari
observed that: “While the Federal Executive Council approved a total
sum of N78,601,631,430.16 as reimbursement to Delta and Taraba State
Governments, the National Assembly approved N90,236,461,031.36, which
is higher than the amount approved by Federal Executive Council.
“The National Assembly did not approve any reimbursement to Bauchi and
Kogi State Governments, whereas the Federal Executive Council had
approved reimbursement for them.

“The House of Representatives may note the provisions of the Public
Procurement Act, 2007, which empowers the Bureau of Public Procurement
to approve vendors and contracts sums.
“The amounts presented to the National Assembly for approval were duly
certified for reimbursement by the Bureau of Public Procurement,
before they were approved by the Federal Executive Council.

“Since the Bureau of Public Procurement is charged with the
responsibility of approving contract sums, and there is a need for
compliance with the Public Procurement Act, 2007, I wish to request
that you forward to us details relating to the amounts approved by the
National Assembly for Delta and Taraba States in excess of what was
certified by the Bureau of Public Procurement for necessary
certification and approval.

“Meanwhile, the Federal Government shall proceed with implementation
by reimbursing the amounts approved by the Federal Executive Council.

Furthermore, I wish to request that you review the reimbursements
earlier submitted in favour of Bauchi and Kogi State Governments,” the
President urged.

Similar letter was addressed to the Senate President Bukola Saraki for
consideration.

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