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NO FEWER than 37 agencies of the Federal Government operated without budgets in the outgoing year, the Senate has revealed. This is due to the inability of the Senate Committee on Finance to carry out a thorough job on their 2016 budget proposals. One of them is the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS. Ironically, the FIRS is not alone. Others include the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE, and National Agencies for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, National Broadcasting Commission, NBS, and National Insurance Commission, NIC. Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMÀ, Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC, National Maritime Authority, NMA, Raw Materials Research and Development Council, National Sugar Development Council, Nigerian Postal Service, NPS,, Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, NTDC, National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, and News Agency of Nigeria, NAN are also among. Also included are Nigerian Copyrights Commission, NCC, Federal Radio Corporation Nigeria, FRCN, Federal Housing Authority, FHA, Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, National Automotive Design and Development Council, Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority, National Business and National Technical Examination Board, NABTEB, Federal Mortgage Board, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency, Industrial Training Fund, ITF, Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, as well as Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority. Since the submission of the budgets of 38 federal agencies by President Muhammadu Buhari in July, the Senate has passed only the budget of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC. At yesterday’s plenary, the upper legislative chamber ordered its committee on Finance to withdraw an earlier report on the proposals and gave it one week to present a clean document.

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