*State earmarks N97.9bn for 2014
The Speaker of Adamawa State House of Assembly, Honourable Ahmudu Umar Fintiri, has accused the ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of not remitting to the coffers of the public the revenues they generated in the state.
The speaker made the revelation while responding to the budget presentation speech by the state governor, Murtala Nyako.
Fintiri said in a bid to monitor the 2013 approved budget of N95.6 billion and prevent superfluous wastage in the state expenditure, the House Committee on Public Accounts and some related committees had regularly conducted public hearings with all key revenue generating agencies.
He said in some cases it was discovered that some ministries, departments and agencies hardly make remittances of what they generated into the public revenue coffers stressing that the act is illegal , unwarranted and must be stopped.
He called on the executive to be transparent, accountable and implement the budget to the later stressing that the House would thoroughly scrutinize the 2014 budget with the view to plugging every loophole and wastage in recurrent and capital expenditures of government.
The Speaker explained that he considered the submission of the 2014 budget estimate as the signing of a performance bond over which the government would be held to account at the end of the year.
In his address, Nyako said the state government will spend N97.9billion in the 2014 fiscal year.
He told the Assembly that the proposed budget would be used to finance both recurrent and capital expenditures..
The also told the lawmakers that N58.2 billion has been earmarked for recurrent expenditure while N40.1 billion is to address capital expenditure.
A breakdown of the budget estimate shows that the road and transport sub-sectors had the highest allocations of N13.5 billion and followed by the education sub-sector with N10.6 billion while the health sub-sector was allocated N2.9 billion.
The governor said his administration was doing everything possible to realize the objective of vision 20:20 National Perspectives Plan, as well as the Millennium Development Goals stressing that his administration will continue to train and retrain civil servants to enable them acquire necessary skills that will enhance productivity in the state.
Nyako promised to explore the untapped sources of internally generated revenue so as to improve the finances of the state and also appealed to the citizens of the state to give the security agencies maximum support to enable realise their mandate in the state.
Speaker of Adamawa State House of Assembly, his his response, said the presentation of yearly appropriation Bills might remain a mere charade if every kobo estimated does not count and made to improve the lives of ordinary citizens of the state.