The House of Representatives Committee on Culture and
Tourism has commended the 2020 budget performance of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
The Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama (PDP-Edo), gave the commendation on Tuesday in Abuja at the ministry’s 2021 budget defence session for its culture component.
“From this presentation, the minister had 100 per cent releases and has performed very close to 100 per cent in all.
“This is laudable; you do not have any business in keeping government money in your possession.
“If money has been appropriated for something, it should be spent according,” he said.
The chairman said that some agencies under the ministry that had not expended their capital budget up to 70 per cent, adding that the committee would not listen to their 2021 budget defence.
Ogbeide-Ihama warned that any of such agency should not bother to appear before the committee, saying that their action amounted to sitting on public funds
Earlier, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said that N616 million was appropriated for overhead expenditure and N444 million was released, representing 72 per cent of the appropriated sum.
He said that with regard to capital expenditure, N164.6 million was appropriated and the same amount was released for the operations of the culture sector of the ministry.
Mohammed put the 2020 budget performance at 99.9 per cent, expressing hope of reaching the 100 per cent before the end of the fiscal year.
He said that the ministry’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) was N18.8 million, adding that the COVID-19 pandemic had negatively affected the revenue generating capacity of the ministry.
The minister commended the lawmakers and the National Assembly for their support to the ministry and for the mutual respect existing between the executive and legislative arms of government.