The Federal Government has directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government to include revenue sources, and not just expenditures, in their 2022 budget submissions.
The Budget Office of the Federation, in a circular signed by its Director-General, Ben Akabueze, said the budget proposals must be submitted before September 5.
The circular, obtained by The PUNCH on Friday, was titled ‘2022 budget submission deadline’ and dated September 2, 2021.
It was addressed to the Chief of Staff to the President; the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President; the Office of the Vice President; the Ministers/Ministers of State; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation; the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation; the Chairmen of Commissions; and Permanent Secretaries.
Others are Service Chiefs or Inspector-General of Police; Auditor General for the Federation; Accountant General of the Federation; Heads of Extra Ministerial Departments or Directors-General; and Chief Executive Officers of parastatals and agencies.
The circular said, “Please refer to the 2022 Budget Call Circular Par. 7 which explicitly required government-owned enterprises and MDAs to make their 2022 budget proposal submissions online using the Building Information Modelling and Management Solutions/ Government Integrated Financial and Management Information System -Budget Preparation Subsystem not later than Friday, August 27 and September 3, 2021 respectively.
“The Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning has committed to Mr President submitting the 2022 budget proposal to the National Assembly this September 2021, in full compliance with the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007.”
It added, “Ministries, Department and Agencies are hereby advised to fully comply with the final submission date of Friday, September 3, 2021. The GIFMS-BPS Platform will be closed to MDAs for budget upload by midnight Sunday September 5, 2021.”
“For avoidance of doubt, every single MDA is required to populate the Revenue Section on the GIFMIS BPS except for self-funded agencies that are only required to upload the budget on the BIMMS.”