Accountant-General’s office budgets N36m to fight wild Animals

Nigeria”s House of Representatives Finance Committee members saddled with the responsibility of looking into budgetary propositions for the AG’s office were shocked yesterday at what the office intends to spend in 2022.

The Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, informed the legislators that his office proposed N36 million in the 2022 budget to combat antelopes, snakes and other reptiles that trouble them.

Ahmed Idris

He also said his office would incur extra charges in the payment of personnel attached to Nigeria’s foreign missions and embassies, which will affect the proposed N410 to a $1  dollar exchange rate by the federal government in the budget to N425 to a dollar.

The AG’s office proposed a total of N10.470 billion for the 2022 fiscal year.

But identifying N36 million earmarked for fumigation in the budget, the committee asked Idris to defend it and offer more explanations, noting that the allocation to the item might be higher.

He said: “Cleaning and Fumigation which is proposed at about 36 million, we have offices in all the States of the federation. We have six zonal offices. We have our own headquarters.

‘’We have the federal treasury academy which is an institution with a.lot of bushes. Now, even at an average of one million per annum for fumigating these offices, I think that amount proposed is grossly low.

However, the Chairman of the committee, James Faleke, did not agree with many of the details of the proposal, leading to a heated exchange.

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