House Of Representative Finally Demands Details From FG

Time to for check and balancing as the house of Rep has demanded for details after so much donation has taken place, it is normal in a responsible government settings.

The House of Representatives has asked the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris, to furnish it with details of funds donated by the Federal Government to states, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the relevant ministries towards the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The demand by the lawmakers came just as the Accountant-General told them that the 109 senators and 360b members of the House of Representatives contributed  N139,439,544.38 to the fight against the pandemic and another N300 million from an unnamed philanthropist from Kano.

The AGF, however, did not state how much has been realised from donations, saying the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will furnish the House with the records as contained in the Special Account opened for that purpose with the apex bank.

Chairman of the House Committee on Public Accounts Rep. Oluwole Oke directed the AGF to provide the record of such contributions to the states at a meeting convened by the committee to ascertain the amount of public funds so far expended by the government to fight the pandemic.

The committee had threatened to issue a warrant of arrest for the AGF for failure to appear before it to defend how much government released to fight the pandemic.

Oke also asked the AGF to provide the details of how much funds he had transferred to the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 PTF and to provide the details of the money so far donated by public-spirited individuals and organizations to the government.

The AGF, however, told the lawmakers that the federal government opened a special account at the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN where the donations were lodged. He added that the CBN will later provide the documents requested.

He said, “There was a special account we opened with the CBN and that was what we borrowed from to meet the needs of this emergency”.

The committee, however, insisted that the details of the donations be made available to the members at the next sitting date on Monday June 15, 2020.

Oke instructed the Clerk to the Committee to write a letter to the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Mr. Godwin Emefiele demanding all the details of all the lodgments and disbursement of these funds by the government.

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