The House of Representatives has called the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a liar, concerning her claims on the 2012 budget implementation which she claimed has been achieved up to 56%. Spokesperson of the house, Zakari Mohammed, made this clear on Wednesday in Abuja when he said that “It is very clear already that she (Okonjo-Iweala) lied; she has lied to Nigerians.”
Documents submitted to the Senate by the Ministry of Finance on Tuesday indicated that performance of the budget as of July was a mere 12.6 per cent. This is contrary to claims by the finance minister that the budget had recorded 56 per cent implementation; it is even far lower than the 34 per cent performance the House had scored the budget.
Zakari Mohammed continues: “The minister should just go and make the appropriate adjustments. It is very clear already that she lied; she has lied to Nigerians,”
The documents before the Senate now reveal that though N324.5bn (34 per cent) was cash-backed last month, only N184.84bn (12.6 per cent) was really available to Ministries Departments and Agencies of government for capital projects as at July 20.