Zamfara Assembly threatens zero allocation to ministries

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The Zamfara State House of Assembly has warned that commissioners and heads of agencies who fail to defend their budget will end up with zero allocation in the state’s 2020 budget.

The Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Muhammad Ahmad, stated this on Tuesday, while declaring open the 2020 budget defence sessions.

He urged the chief executive officers of government agencies in the state to adhere strictly to the timetable issued to them by the committee.

Ahmad said, “The Zamfara State House of Assembly has restated its determination, zeal and commitment to having people-oriented budget capable of transforming the lives of the people of the state.”

“As such, we will not tolerate sabotage from any chief executive.”

He maintained that more than any other time in the past, the Sixth Assembly in the state would provide positive change for the people of the state through credible legislations, oversight functions and reality budget.

A statement by the spokesperson for the House, Mustapha Kaura, explained that five agencies of government had already showed up to defend their budget as of Tuesday.

He said the agencies  were office of the auditor general, local government service commission, office of the Head of Service; the Ministry of Justice, as well as the Directorate of High Education.

 “The exercise will last for a week with the sole aim of passing the Appropriation Bill within the stipulated time. Any chief executive officer that fails to show up will have zero allocation for their ministry,” he added.

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