MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2023
ZIP/ CP: FG REITERATES ONLY SPECIAL DUTIES MINISTRY CAN CERTIFY FOR PAYMENT
The Federal Government has reiterated that only the Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs Ministry has the mandate to certify for payments Zonal Intervention Projects and Constitutiency Projects executed by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
The Federal Government made this known in a servicewide Circular titled: “Revised Guidelines on the Implementation of Zonal Intervention Projects (ZIP) and Constituency Projects (CP)”, signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. George Akume.
“No payment shall be made to any contractor for ZIP/CP by MDAs without verification of the execution of such projects/programmes and certification by FMSDIGA”, the circular read in part.
It further stated that “Implementing MDAs shall invite the FMSDIGA to verify all zonal Intervention/Constituency Projects (ZIP/CP) as contained in both ZIP Appropriation and Capital Appropriation,” adding that non-compliance with the guidelines has led to a lack of proper implementation of the programmes and projects.
On the issue of funding for the verification exercise, the circular stated:”Funds for this verification exercise shall be sourced from the Project Administration Funds of the ZIP/CP under the purview of the various MDAs”.
The circular further reads that it became imperative to reissue it, following flagrant disregard by implementing MDAs, stressing that henceforth, “MDAs that fail to comply with this circular shall be excluded from the implementation of ZIP/CP in subsequent FGN budgets.