Senate launches probe on NACA’s budget system

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The Senate has launched investigations into the 2021 and 2022 budgeting system used by the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) in preparing its annual budget.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases, Elisha Abbo, who disclosed this on Tuesday when the Director-General of NACA, Gambo Aliyu, appeared before the committee for the 2023 budget defense, frowned at the inconsistencies in the agency’s budgeting system, noting that putting recurrent items under capital budget was wrong.

Abbo, therefore, rejected the agency’s 2023, stressing that the anomaly must first be corrected in previous budget allocations before the current one would be considered.

According to him, “The fact that things have gone wrong for 100 years doesn’t make it right. We must change how things are done. How can a board meeting be captured as a capital project? This is not just a discrepancy, it is a misnomer. We have to correct this misnomer.”

“The committee will look at it and expunge it. Your capital doesn’t sound capital enough. We understand the importance of your agency.”

Consequently, Abbo set up a three-man ad-hoc committee to look into the budgeting process of NACA.

He also questioned the level at which grants and aid received by government agencies were not accounted for.

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