Humanitarian Minister turned back by Reps Committee over incomplete Budget Document

The House of Representatives' Committee on IDPs and Refugees  yesterday stepped down the 2020/2021 budget review and consideration of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development due to incomplete details presented by the ministry.

According to the Muhammad Umar Jega-led Committee, the 2020 budget performance documents presented to the Committee by the Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouk, were not only incomplete but short on required information to access the performance of the ministry's budget performance for the period under review.

The committee expressed disappointment that besides the vague description of several expenditures on some items, details of food palliative from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Nigerian Customs Service could not be found in the presentation.

The Minister, Farouk in her response said no physical cash was disbursed by the ministry as palliative but food palliative was distributed to every state and the FCT, except Rivers that was yet to get hers.

She said cash palliative transfer was done through existing platforms available to the ministry.

A reschedule of the budget defense/presentation session has however been slated for next Tuesday, the House of Representatives, Federal Repulic of Nigeria reported through their Social handle.

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