Abuja - The Senate has set up an ad-hoc committee to conduct public hearings on the alleged misappropriation of funds released through the Presidential initiative on the North East.
The eight-member committee headed by Shehu Sani will also investigate the alleged diversion of grains and other food items from the strategic grains reserves of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other sources for the Internal Displace Persons (IDPs) in various camps in the area.
The development follows a motion by Senate leader, Ali Ndume. “Notwithstanding the huge budgetary allocation by the National Assembly and the various released by the executives including significant donations from many donors, the situation on ground is not cheering,” Ndume said.
“The Presidential initiative on the North East which was inaugurated by President Buhari a year ago to manage the crisis is yet to show tangible result on ground with over half of the money appropriated to it released.”
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, wonders how the Presidential are addressing the issue of hunger by organizing conferences and seminars.
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“How do you address the issue of hunger by organizing conferences and seminar,” Ekweremadu said.
Senate President Bukola Saraki said the alleged fraud was inhuman and callous.
He urged the committee to do a commendable job to redeem the image of the country especially as it involved the international communities.
Other members of the ad-hoc committee are Ali Wakill, Theodore Orji, Ben Bruce, Oluremi Tinubu, Omotayo Alasoadura, Solomon Olamilekon and Yahaya Abudllahi.
The committee is expected to report back to the Senate in a fortnight.
The northeast is under siege from the Boko Haram that has killed 20 000 civilians, displaced 3 million and resulted in malnutrition at some refugee camps.
- CAJ News