Five Commissioners are to appear before the lawmakers on the 16th of March, under the Niger State House of Assembly, following an alleged extra-budgetary expenditures, adding up to over three billion naira, above the 2020 budget.
This followed a motion on matter of urgent public importance, presented by Mr Malik Madaki, a member representing Bosso Constituency, who disclosed that the expenditure was oustside of what was approved in the appropriation law of 2020.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the motion for invitation of the commissioners was seconded yesterday (11th of March), by Malam Abba Bala, a member representing Borgu in Minna.
The summoned Commissioners are of Finance, Sports, Planning, Justice and Works.
Mr Abdullahi Bawa, the Speaker if the House, directed the five commissioners to appear before the house and explain the alleged unconstitutional act.
According to Mr Madaki, who raised the concern, the Ministry of Works expended over N2 billion while the Ministry of Sports spent N360 million. The Ministry of Justice was said to have spent N450 million which was above the approved 2020 budget of the ministries.
The lawmaker said that the additional expenditures of the ministries were not authorized by the house through supplementary appropriation as required under section 120; subsection two of the 199 Constitution as amended. Such acts were described as unconstitutional and unlawful, adding that the monies spent were out of public funds of the state.