The House of Representatives on Monday reiterated the need for revenue generating agencies of government to remit the accurate amount of their Internally Generated Revenues as stipulated by extant laws into the federation account and this is 25 percent. Chairman, House committee on Healthcare Services, Rep. Yusuf Tanko Sununu, stated this while addressing agencies at the resumed budget defence session in Abuja.
The lawmaker who recalled the charge by President Muhammadu Buhari, during the 2021 budget presentation to assist the Executive in ensuring that MDAs remit IGR, stated that it is only through such remittance’s government can effectively finance the 2021 budget. “Let’s also try to emphasize that revenues generated by MDAs are supposed to be remitted to the Federal government in their right percentage. “With that the amount of revenue needed to finance the budget every year will be drastically reduced. That is if all revenue generating MDAs remit what’s due to government in all honesty and truth — and as and when due. “So, this committee will do its due diligence in looking at the revenues of agencies under our purview and ensure that the right amount is remitted before consideration for their 2021 budget proposals”, Sununu said.
Budget proposals from four different agencies were rejected upon discovery that they could not provide records of 25 percent remittance of their IGR. The Medical Science Laboratory Council of Nigeria, Radiographers Registration Council of Nigeria, Nigeria Pharmaceutical Research Institute (NIPRI) as well as the Community Health Practitioners Registration Board, did not meet the requirement and were sent back, while the Dental and Medical Council of Nigeria was turned away due to the absence of its chief executive. The agencies given a clean bill of health with a budget approval were the Nursing and Midwifery Registration Council, and the Nigeria Institute of Medical Research, Yaba Lagos.
Tosan Erhabor, Registrar and chief executive officer of Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria, had irked the lawmakers when he disclosed that the council’s IGR was used to offset the running cost. “The sum of N136m was generated so far this year but we are unable to remit the 25 percent as laid down by the rules due to covid-19 which led to putting on hold our inspection and accreditation of training courses from where more money comes in”, he stated.