A House of Representatives panel has uncovered discrepancies in the 2017 budget records of the Ministry of Communications.
Members of the committee on telecommunications wondered why the ministry would repeat the sum of about 200 million naira in the 2018 budget proposal as judgment debt when the same amount was budgeted for last year.
The lawmakers said based on the records from the ministry, about 192 million naira was paid out of the amount but that the same thing was proposed this time around.
Consequently, the committee on telecommunications, headed by Saheed Fijabi turned down the 2018 budget defence of the ministry and asked the Minister, Adebayo Shittu, to clean up the documents and return at a later date.
Responding, Shittu said the bureaucrats in the ministry ought to have done due diligence in preparing the documents but that since the discrepancies were uncovered, he would ensure that the documents were properly scrutinized.