By: Abba Bashir; IBRAHIM SHEHU
The House of Representatives has mandated its Committees on Constituency Outreach and Poverty Alleviation to invite the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, to give detailed policy documents adopted in allocation and distribution of funds for the conditional cash transfer.
This was sequel to the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance by a member from Osun State Mr Moruf Adebayon, the need to invite the Minister to brief the House on the formula adopted to distribute N1.1 trillion naira conditional cash transfer to 15 million households in the country.
This, the House said, is in order to ensure transparency and accountability which are fundamental principles of good governance.
The lawmaker said 15 Million households will be receiving N25,000 each over a period of three months, which was part of the agreement between the federal government and the labour unions.
Mr Adebayon however, observed that there has been a lot of unsatisfactory feedback from the way and manner palliative to vulnerable Nigerians have been handled by some, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) which has not in any way reduce hardship in the land.
“The House recalled the ugly scenario witnessed during the COVID-19 palliative distribution a few years ago, where items from international donor meant to cushion the effect of the pandemic were mismanaged.
“It was also cognizant that the National Assembly members being closer to the people of Nigeria are meant to represent the interest and concerns of their constituents at the National level.
National Assembly members therefore deserved to be fully briefed and carried along in the implementation process.
According to him, the lack of transparent handling of the previous conditional cash transfer programmes has led to corruption and fraud, where funds intended for vulnerable people were misappropriated by individuals.