Members of the joint budget committee today adjourned the budget and expenditures hearing of ministries and agencies.
The budget and expenditures hearing is intended for government institutions to explain and defend additional funding allotment in the last and current budget year.
According to the chairman of the Joint Budget Committee, District # 5 Rep. Thomas Fallah, most government institutions heads sent in letters of excuse from the process due to activities outside the country, as such most of their budget defense will be done within committee rooms.
Rep. Fallah explained that all the security apparatus budget hearing will be done behind closed door due to its security implication attached.
He underscored the need for institution heads to adequately defend and report on issues that government supported during last budget year in order to give rise to additional funding
“This is the taxpayer money and when they are given to government institutions to use it they must be able to tell us what it was used for”, he stated.
Commenting further, the joint Committee head indicated that this year’s budget hearing was straightly intended to track where fundings are going in order to help the government’s Pro-Poor agenda to be fulfilled.
During the budget and expenditures hearing, several Ministries and agencies were sent home to put their ‘house in order’ due to mixed figures and other financial misunderstanding and liaise with the ministry of finance to reconcile their figures. Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), and West African Examination Council (WAEC) among others were asked to consolidate their figures and report to the budget committee on Friday, June 22, 2018, respectively.