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2021 budget: Public Complaints Commission gets N5.20 billion provision

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Nigeria’s Public Complaints Commission (PCC) has been allocated the sum of N5.20 billion as budget estimates for its operations in 2021 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In the budget speech which was presented to the joint session of the upper and lower legislative Chambers, the Public Complaints Commission, an ombudsman agency being superintended by the National Assembly, said there’s an increase of 13% over the revised 2020 provision for the Commission and other beneficiary agencies.

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In President Buhari’s speech which was obtained by CAPITAL POST in Abuja, Thursday, there were provisions for Statutory Transfers for key agencies of government to the tune of N484.49 billion, an increase of N56.46 billion.

The agencies are: Public Complaints Commission – N5. 29 billion; Niger Delta Development Commission – N63.51 billion, North East Development Commission – N29.70 billion; National Judicial Council – N10. 00 billion; Universal Basic Education Commission – N70.05 billion; National Assembly – N128.00 billion; Human Rights Commission – N3.00 billion; and Basic Health Care Provision Fund – N35.03 billion.

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President Muhammadu Buhari urged the beneficiary agencies which got funds through statutory transfers to comply with the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007.

“In compliance with the Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2007, all beneficiaries of Statutory Transfers will be required to provide the Budget Office of the Federation with periodic reports on the allocation and expenditure of funds for inclusion in the quarterly budget implementation report.”

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Meanwhile, leaders of both Chambers, Dr. Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila have agreed to expeditiously treat the budget in order to maintain January – December financial year, calling on heads of agencies of government get prepared for budget defence.

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