2018 budget: AKHA fixes Thursday for absentee MDAs to defend allocations

. Usoro Akpanusoh, Chairman, AKHA Committee on Finance & Appropriations 

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Itoro BASSEY 

Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Committee on Appropriations and Finance has fixed Thursday 4th January 2018 to receive heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) who failed to honour earlier invitations to defend their agencies’ 2018 budgets.

This is contained contained in a press release signed by clerk of the committee, Mrs Unwana Idungafa, on Wednesday.

According to the release, the new arrangement is designed to give affected MDAs another opportunity to participate in the exercise for the committee to conclude the assignment within stipulated time.

It urges the heads of MDAs to turn up on the fixed date at the assembly’s old Chapel for the defense which begins at ten o’clock in the morning.

It also advises the MDAs to appear before the committee with their capital implementation report from January to December , 2017, in a tabular form indicating releases and list of at least five projects undertaken by the MDAs for committee’s inspection.

The affected MDAs are: Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Akwa Ibom Hotels and Tourism Board, Ministry of Transport and Petroleum Resources, State Universal Basic Education Board, Akwa Ibom Liaison Office, Abuja and College of Health Technology, Etinan.

Others are Akwa Ibom State Investment Corporation, Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Ministry of Lands and Town Planning, Akwa Ibom Water Company Limited and Ministry of Economic Development.

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