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» » SENATE FROWNS AS FIRS BUDGETS WHOPPING N750M TO FUMIGATE OFFICES
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The Senate yesterday suspended the consideration of the 2016 budget of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) following queries by senators on proposed spending including N750million earmarked for fumigation. 

The suspension of the report on FIRS budget was announced at the plenary during the consideration of the report of committee on Finance chaired by Senator John Enoh (PDP, Cross River Central).

Senators had during the consideration of the FIRS N143billion 2016 budget raised questions on the breakdown which shows that personnel cost will gulp N64.5billion, overhead N46.3billion and capital N32.7N32.8billion.

The FIRS earmarked N750million to be on cleaning and fumigation, N535million on maintenance of vehicles, N850million on ICT,  N885million office rent, security services N683million and security vote N250million.

Other key proposals of the service are include; special purpose services N600million, legal services N500million, financial consulting N3billion, motor vehicle fuel cost N700million, generator fuel cost N750million, insurance charges N660million and human resource services N250million.

Also, the FIRS proposed to spend N586million on refreshment and meals, medical expenditure N700million, Publicity, advert and taxpayers education N2billion, welfare packages N681million and N150million for honorarium, sitting allowance payment.

Also, the report of the finance committee on the amendment of the Sovereign Investment Authority was suspended.

In his remarks, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki gave the committee one week to rework the budget.

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