Senate announces ad-hoc Committee to probe SIP, SURE-P

OrderPaperToday– The Senate has inaugurated an ad-hoc Committee to probe allegations of PVC buying through the Social Intervention Programme (SIP) of the present administration, as well as the implementation of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Program (SURE-P) under the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Senate ad-hoc Committee will be chaired by Senator Ibrahim Gobir (APC, Sokoto) while Senators Shehu Sani (PRP, Kaduna),  Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia), Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe), Dino Melaye (PDP, Kogi), Matthew Urhoghide (PDP, Edo) and Gbenga Ashafa (APC, Lagos) will serve as members. The Committee is expected to report its findings in two weeks.

The formation of the ad-hoc Committee is sequel to resolutions reached at Wednesday’s sitting.

Through a point of order, Senator Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti) accused the APC-led government of buying Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) with funds meant for Social Intervention Programme of the administration.

According to Olujimi, forms for the social intervention programme have been converted to means of obtaining PVCs in exchange for cash payments.

Similarly, Senator Barau Jibrin moved for the investigation of the SURE-P programme during the previous administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

“The ad-hoc committee should also investigate the implementation of the sure-p policy from its inception till the end of the Jonathan administration,” Jibrin said.

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