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Senate : How MDAs abused N3.8trn Service Wide Vote

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Senate has uncovered how Ministries, Departments and Agencies MDAs of the federal government abused Service Wide Votes, SWV of about N3.8 trillion between 2017 and 2021.

The Red Chamber, which discovered this through investigation by its Committee on Public Accounts, has therefore, advised the Executive to use supplementary budget approach to meet emergencies instead of Service Wide Vote.

According to the report presented by the committee chairman, Senator Mathew Urhoghide, the Executive should be advised to use supplementary budget approach to meet emergencies or shortfall rather than the current Service Wide Vote mechanism which amounts to affront /erosion of the approval powers of the National Assembly.

The committee had conducted investigation into disbursement of the Service Wide Votes.

The committee had conducted investigation into disbursement of the Service Wide Votes.

The committee invited 207 government agencies for the investigation, but only 119 appeared for defence while 85 others shunned the invitations extended to them.

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