Non-payment of utility bills: Reps push for direct deductions from MDAs accounts



…mandate standing C’mtes to draw up a debit plan

By Levinus Nwabughiogu-Abuja

Following alleged evasion of payment of utility bills such as water and electricity by the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs of government, House of Representatives, Tuesday, called for direct deductions from their respective accounts.

The deductions are to be made by the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.

To this end, the House mandated its Committees on Appropriation, Finance and Public Accounts to interface with the heads of the MDAs and initiate a workable strategic plan to enhance the efficient payment of the bills on monthly basis.

According to the House, the plan would encourage payment of bills by the MDAs and in turn bring more money into the coffers of the government for infrastructural development.

Motion for the resolution was considered at the plenary.

Titled “Establishment of a Direct Debit System for Payment of Utility Bills by Federal Ministries,…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper