Voice of Nigeria, VON has solicited parliamentary support to execute its mandate of promoting the nation’s view to the outside world effectively.
The Director of VON, Mr. Osita Okechukwu made the plea at the National Assembly Abuja, while defending the agency’s budget for the 2019 fiscal year before the House of Representatives Committee on Information and National Orientation.
Solar power project
Mr. Okechukwu maintained that the agency has in line with government’s policy of reducing cost of governance initiated a solar power project that would cut the cost of energy consumption and ensure steady power for optimal performance.
“The project is to generate 1300mw to the agency and it will cost N550m. In 2018 N250m was approved out of which N237m was released and was utilised to construct solar power project with 400mw capacity,” the Director General stated.
Increasing staff performance
Apart from the solar power project, Mr. Okechukwu also explained that ”the agency in 2019 is giving priority to renovation of its zonal and state offices, repair of transmitters as well as electronic news gathering equipment to increase staff performance.”
The Chairman of the committee, Mr. Segun Odubunmi had reiterated the lawmakers’ resolve to uphold the constitutional guidelines in scrutinising the 2019 appropriation.
President Muhammadu Buhari presented the N8.83 trillion National budget before the joint session of the National Assembly on December 19, 2018, the highest budget figure submitted by any administration in the past two decades of Democracy in Nigeria.
The House in January also passed the second reading of the Appropriation Bill and gave document to the committee on appropriation as part of measures adopted to ensure its speedy passage.