The House of Representatives Committee on Public Procurement has decried the poor allocation to the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPE) for monitoring and surveillance of projects in the 2022 budget.
The committee members, during the budget defence session on Tuesday, expressed dissatisfaction with the allocation of N28.5 million to the Bureau to monitor all federal government projects, describing it as insufficient.
The Chairman of the Committee, Ali Nasiru (APC, Kano), while asking the Director General of BPP, Mamman Ahmadu, about the performance of the 2022 budget, flagged the allocation to surveillance and monitoring aspect of the bureau’s budget.
“The surveillance of all Federal Government’s projects has an allocation of N28.5 million. Is that the amount that you are supposed to use for surveillance of all government projects for the year 2022? Are you talking about the 36 states of Nigeria?
“I am sure all these projects run into thousands of projects. Are you saying N28.5 million is the only funding that you have for monitoring of all projects?” he said.
Responding to the questions, Mr Ahmadu said the allocation is not sufficient though the bureau is working within its enveloped budget.