MDAs decry poor release of funds for capital projects in 2017

Agencies under the Ministry of Justice, on Thursday, lamented the poor release of funds for capital projects in 2017, saying releases were as low as 10 per cent.
The heads of the agencies made the complaint when members of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters visited the ministry.
The Director-General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Julie Okah-Donli, said of the over N1 billion allocated to the agency for capital expenditure, only N135 million was released.
Okah-Donli said the figure represented 10 per cent of the appropriated amount to the agency.
She told the committee that this was a major challenge to the agency in carrying out its statutory functions.
The Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), Deji Adekunle (SAN), also told the committee that of the over N95 million appropriated to it, only N9 million had been released.
A member of the committee, Joshua Lidani, noted that NAPTIP needed much financial support to enable it to combat the menace of human trafficking.
Lidani implored the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to ensure that the agency was adequately provided for in the 2018 budget.

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