OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Thursday invited the former Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, and the current Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, to appear before it over a sum of N1.7 trillion spent on the implementation of National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP) from 2016 to September 2019.
They are to appear in person before the Oluwole Oke-led House Committee on Public Accounts to explain how the N1.7 trillion appropriated for the implementation of National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP) was disbursed.
Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, who appeared before the Committee explained that of the N1.7 trillion appropriated for the four year period, the sum of N619.142 billion was released.
He said further that the sum of N560.914 billion was utilized leaving the balance of N58.227 billion which was handed over to Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
Agba, who also gave a breakdown of the funds processed and released by Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, revealed that N32.088 billion was released for Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP),
Also, he said N20.588 billion was released for Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT); N149.965 billion for Home Grown School Feeding; N355.846 billion for Job Creation Unit while N2.428 billion for Social Investment Programme (General) for the four year period under review.
He further said: “Prior to the handing over to the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, requests for payments for all types of expenditures in respect of any of the programmes of NSIP emanated from the National Social Investment Office (NSIO) situated under the office of the Vice President
“The list of beneficiaries of all the programmes for the period is with the National Social Investment Office,” he told the lawmakers.
However, the curious lawmakers did not find the submission of Mr. Agba convincing enough as they insisted that the former and current Minister had more explanation to make before the Committee.
Nonetheless, the Committee, resolved to summon Adeosun and Ahmed noting that a 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 was unacceptable.
Mr. Oke said: “in the instance case, the people we should look for are those people that ran these programmes then, people that ran these programmes are the people we should look for.
“Because yes, the Ministry has responsibility, the political leaders in the ministry and yes they will come here and tell us something that he’s not on the spot, he wasn’t there when it happened. We might not get to the root of the matter.”
Oke also charged all the Committee members to as from next week Monday go to their respective states and federal constituencies to verify the beneficiaries of various NSIP programmes and submit their reports.