…… vows to unravel allegations of corruptions in management of funds
Following the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the North Eastern part of the country, the Nigerian Senate has resolved to constitute an ad-hoc committee to conduct a public hearing to ascertain the amount of fund that has been released to the Presidential initiative on the North East and how the funds have been utilised from inception to date.
This resolution spanned from a Motion at Tuesday’s plenary of the Senate on the “Mounting Humanitarian Crisis In The North East sponsored by Senator Baba Kaka from Borno Central and seventeen others.
Senator Kaka, while moving the motion alleged that rather than use the money appropriated for the IDPs and the North east to ameliorate the problems, the funds according to him has been used for other interest.
He cited examples of wastage and diversion of the money meant for the welfare of the people as including award of N80.7 million to JMT Global Technologies Ltd for rehabilitation of Police Station in Kwambir, N203.357m to another company.
Lawmakers who contributed to the debate on the motion called for probe of allegation of diversion of the released funds in view of recent reports that 4.5 million people are in dire need of assistance and that over one million people are in danger of extreme malnutrition.
Senate also resolved to investigate the diversion of grains and other food items from the strategic grains reserves and other food items from the strategic grains reserves, NEMA and other sources for the IDPS through public hearing.
In his remarks, President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, charged the committee to demonstrating commitment to employing all legislative mechanisms at its disposal towards ameliorating the suffering of the IDPs.
They also agreed to donate N300,000 per senator to alleviate the suffering of the IDPs.
It will be recalled that the intensity of the crisis came to the fore in August when IDPs took to the streets to obstruct vehicular movement along the Maiduguri, the major road leading into Borno to protest what they claimed was a shortage of food.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday submitted the 2017-2019 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and the Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) to the Senate for consideration and approval.
The MTEF/FSP was read by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki.
President Buhari in the letter to the Senate noted that the submission of the MTEF and FSP was in line with the provisions of the Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2007.
He added that the development towards the preparation of the 2017 budget is in view of the adverse fiscal global challenges.