Minority Lawmakers Give Committees 2 Weeks To Investigate Misappropriation Of Funds In Nigerian Ministries, Others

The minority caucus within the House of Representatives has given a two-week deadline to standing committees to submit reviews of investigations into allegations of economic misappropriation in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). 

This is in response to a movement by the minority chief within the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu. 

Minority Lawmakers Give Committees 2 Weeks To Investigate Misappropriation Of Funds In Nigerian Ministries, Others 2

He famous that the MDAs had but to dispense funds launched for the aim of implementing the 2021 Appropriation Act, and had been allegedly engaged in monetary misappropriation by diverting such funds for different functions. 

He additionally noticed that the MDAs are channels answerable for the supply of presidency insurance policies, however acknowledged that the structure has conferred powers of appropriation on lawmakers.

According to him, if the alleged corrupt practices should not checked, President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s battle towards corruption could be discredited within the eyes of Nigerians and the worldwide neighborhood.


His submission reads: “Note that the ministries, departments and agencies are the channels responsible for the delivery of government policies.

“Further note that section 80-84 of the 1999 constitution as amended confers powers of appropriation on Parliament as well as its oversight responsibilities over the national purse.

“Aware that section 80(4) of the constitution specifically states that no money shall be withdrawn from the consolidation revenue fund or any other public fund of the federation except in the manner prescribed by the National Assembly.

“Further aware that complying with the constitutional requirements on the spending of public funds would ensure effective and efficient management of public resources and put the country’s wealth and resources to work for the common good of all Nigerians.

”Concerned that although between 40 and 60 per cent of funds have been launched for functions of implementing the 2021 Appropriation Act, but a lot of the MDAs are but to dispense these funds for the needs meant for.

“Further concerned that some of the MDAs are alleged to have engaged in financial misappropriation by diverting such funds for other unrelated purposes thereby frustrating government macroeconomic framework, while others are in outright denial of not receiving such releases.

“Worried that these alleged practices violate the letters and dictates of sections 80-84 of the 1999 constitution as amended outright and frustrate the implementation of government policies. 

”Further apprehensive that if these alleged corrupt practices should not put to test, the perceived battle towards corruption by Mr President could be discredited within the eyes of Nigerians and that of the worldwide neighborhood.”

He listed the resolutions as: “Mandate all standing committees to completely examine businesses they supervise and establish such infractions.

“Mandate the committees on finance and appropriation to liaise with the ministry of finance to ascertain releases made to ministries, departments and agencies in compliance with the 2021 appropriation act.

“That all the standing committees should conclude this within 2 weeks and report back to the house for further legislative actions before the presentation of 2022 budget estimates.”

Recall that just a few days in the past, the higher chamber stated it was closing in on heads of businesses of presidency who’ve been indicted in an audit report by the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation and are at the moment being interrogated by the Committee on Public Accounts.


The higher chamber expressed regrets on the stage of recalcitrance by some heads of businesses of presidency in making themselves out there to defend alleged monetary impropriety, saying a few of them conceal beneath the guise of being a part of the chief arm to shrink back from the Senate scrutiny.

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Minority Lawmakers Give Committees 2 Weeks To Investigate Misappropriation Of Funds In Nigerian Ministries, Others

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