Reps summon Adeosun, Ahmed, Farouq, others over N1.7trn allocation for Social Investment

The House of Representatives has summoned the former Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun and the incumbent Minister of Finance, Budget and National planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, to appear before it over N1.7 trillion appropriated for the implementation of National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) from 2016 to September 2019.

Also expected to appear is the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq; incumbent and former Permanent Secretaries, Desk Officers involved in the implementation of the programmes in both Ministries as well as the National Social Investment Office (NSIO).

Honourable Wole Oke, the Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts, issued the summon during the investigative hearing into the audit queries on the financial activities of the NSIPs.

The House Commitee Chairman frowned on the misleading information made on the NSIP bank account domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) by the Special Assistant to the President on Home School Feeding Programme, Mr Dotun Adebayo and other desk officers.

Honourable Oke pointed out that Minister of State for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, said out of the N1.7 trillion appropriated for the four-year period, the sum of N619.142 billion was released, with the sum of N560.914 billion utilised, leaving the balance of N58.227 billion which was handed over to Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

A breakdown of the funds, processed and released by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning showed that N32.088 billion was released for Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), N20.588 billion for Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT); N149.965 billion for Home grown School Feeding; N355.846 billion released for Job Creation Unit.

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