By: IBRAHIM SHEHU
The House of Representatives has tackled management of National Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA) over full payment of multi-billion naira to contactors for ongoing projects in the 2023 fiscal year.
The Chairman, House Committee on Hydrological Service Agency Mr. Pascal Agbodike and members of the Committee made the observation during the 2023 budget performance and 2024 budget defence session.
During the scrutinization of the budget appraisal, the lawmakers who frowned at various infractions in the implementation of the 2023 Appropriation Act, accused the Agency’s helmsman of embarking on extra budgetary spending.
The Director General of NIHSA Engineer Clement Nze, stated that the Agency formally notified the office of the Accountant General of the Federation on the unspent fund meant for outstanding projects in 2022 Appropriation Act and the oAGF in its response wrote back to the Agency that the money has been returned to the Agency’s coffee in 2023 to ensure the Agency complete the projects.
Ruling on the matter, the committee chairman directed the NIHSA Director General and his team to re-present and submit the 2023 Appropriation performance and the 2024 budget proposal on Monday for further legislative scrutiny.