Early this week, the House of Representatives stopped the consideration of the N18.9bn 2017 budget of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), which has passed its first and second readings. The House referred the budget to the Committee on Healthcare Services for NAFDAC to defend the proposals before the committee would report back to the plenary for approval.
The Chairman of the Committee on Healthcare Services, Mr. Chike Okafor, was reportedly unavailable on the plenary when the budget was to be considered. Notwithstanding, the Deputy Chairman of the committee, Mr. Mohammed Usman, moved for the consideration of the budget.
The Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, observed that there were no details to support the proposed budget and as such the budget consideration was put on hold.
The overhead cost from Federal Government’ appropriation in the budget is N7.5bn; while the overhead proposal from Internally Generated Revenue and other sources is N8.2bn and the personnel cost is N4.4bn.
In another development, NNPC, Customs, CBN, 33 agencies yet to submit 2017 budget.