Senate says heads of MDAs will be sacked for unauthorised spending

Senate says heads of MDAs will be sacked for unauthorised spending

- The Nigerian Senate cautions heads of Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) against spending money without authorisation

- The Nigerian Senate issued the warning after the MDAs were queried by the Auditor-General of the Federation in his 2015 report

- Matthew Urhoghide, the chairman of the Senate committee on public accounts, tells heads of MDAs to desist from sending proxies to represent them at the National Assembly

The Nigerian Senate has said that it would push for the sack of any head of Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) that spends money without authorisation.

The upper legislative chamber made the statement on Tuesday, February 12, through the chairman of its committee on public accounts, Matthew Urhoghide, following misgivings about the attitude of heads of MDAs which were queried by the Auditor-General of the Federation in his 2015 report, The Nation reports.

Urhoghide also told the heads of MDAs to desist from sending proxies to represent them at the National Assembly.

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“I want you to be as serious as possible. For those agencies talking about representation, it is not going to be allowed," Urhoghide said.

Meanwhile, Femi Gbajabimila, the speaker of the House of Representatives, has pleaded with the United States Government to assist Nigeria defeating Boko Haram insurgents and other security challenges in the country.

Gbajabimila made the plea when he met the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, at a function in Abuja, Daily Trust reports.

The lawmaker said Nigerians were worried over the lingering insecurity challenges in the country and that many in the country were looking up to the United States of America for assistance to tackle this challenge.

When responding to Gbajabimila’s plea, the ambassador, Leonard said the United States government was committed to helping Nigeria tackle its security challenges.

In another report, in a novel development, the Nigerian House of Representatives members will be going on a 15-minute break every day of sitting. The break according to t Daily Trust will the honourbles stretch their legs.

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According to the news outlet, the lawmakers said they need to stretch their legs after sitting for a long time at plenary.

Speaking on the development, Benjamin Kali argues that the break will also allow Muslim members to observe their prayers while others have a tea break.

The lawmakers also aired a complaint that it is currently running out of funds to perform its primary functions.

Benjamin Kalu, the spokesman of the lower legislative chamber made this known in Abuja, noting that some committees were already complaining of lack of operational funds.

Kalu reiterated that the house is struggling to manage its responsibilities with the available resources

On security, the House of Representatives has maintained its demand for the sack or resignation of the service chiefs over the insecurity in the country.

Benjamin Kalu, the spokesperson for the House in a report on Daly Trust dated February 10, told journalists in Abuja that the lower house has not backed down on its call for the removal of the security chiefs.

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Kalu stated that the legislators are yet to rescind an earlier resolution calling for the removal of the service chiefs, noting that the resolution stands until a member calls for the resolution to be rescinded.

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