NASS Commends Financial Prudence of Defence Ministry
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Defence, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamako has praised the financial prudence of the Ministry of Defence after reviewing the 2021 budget performance and utilization of the Ministry.
This was contained in a press release by Director Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Defence Kabir Isa Bala .
Senator Wamako who chaired the 2022 budget defence session, presented by the Minister of Defence Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi described the delivery of services by the Ministry and its Agencies as remarkable.
He said the absolute security and safety of the country was a top priority to the National Assembly and that the Legislators will continue to respond, support and encourage all critical MDAS towards discharging their constitutional duties.
The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi had earlier presented a budget proposal to the Senate Committee on Defence in the sum of N21.6 billion for the 2022 fiscal year.
Gen. Magashi explained that the sum of N4.1billion is budgeted for Capital Expenditure while N15.4 billion is for the Recurring Expenses and N2 billion is to cater for the Overhead Cost in the 2022 budget requirement.
The Minister informed the Senators that Executive assessment of the performances of the Service Chiefs indicates that the Supplementary budget provided by the government is highly increasing the success rate in the country’s fight against insecurity and the campaign for peace across the land.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Musa Istifanus, who accompanied the Minister to the National Assembly, appreciated the promptness and dexterity of the Upper Chamber in attending to the matters of the Ministry.
Istifanus also revealed that the Minister had ensured the utilization of the IT facilities in conducting governance to cut costs on the purchase of stationary including photocopy papers, writing materials as well as saving workers energy and ensuring timely output.