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FG released N1.95tr to MDAs for capital projects in 2020, says FRC

By Anthony Otaru, Abuja
17 November 2021   |   1:58 am
Over N1.95 trillion was released and cash-backed to ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) by the Federal Government in its 2020 budget implementation.

Over N1.95 trillion was released and cash-backed to ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) by the Federal Government in its 2020 budget implementation.

This was contained in the 2020 Fiscal Responsibility Commission’s (FRC) yearly report and audited account obtained yesterday. That government budgeted N2.7 trillion for capital expenditure in 2020 while actual total capital expenditure for the year was N1.6 trillion, N436.25 billion or 37.48 per cent higher than that of 2019.

The Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007 mandates the Commission to produce yearly reports audited financial statements and submit same to the National Assembly.

According to the report, the government has paid attention to reforms of key sectors of the economy and for the provision of critical infrastructure such as roads, power, housing, rail and airports as well as the provision of physical and food security. It revealed that a total of N1.96 trillion (excluding capital expenditure for statutory transfer and capital expenditure of the top ten GOEs and projected loans was allocated to capital spending in last year’s budget.

The Commission said: “The national lockdown that was imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19 significantly affected the implementation of capital projects/programmes in the 2020 budget. However, a total sum of N1, 949.94 billion was released and cash-backed to MDAs for the implementation of the 2020 capital projects/programmes.’’

Further analysis of the report indicated that 44 MDAs reported by the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation showed varying levels of utilisation. 20 MDAs recorded utilisation rate of above 74.1 per cent while 24 scored less than 74.1 per cent.

The report also revealed that 19 MDAs, including ministries of Works and Housing, Defence, Foreign Affairs, Police Affairs and Transportation were among MDAs with above 74.1 per cent utilisation while ministries of Health, Justice, Aviation Salaries and Wages Commission were in the category of those whose utilisation of less 74.1 per cent.

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