By Tordue Salem, Abuja
The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts on Monday expressed severe reseration over the procuring sum of N186 billion reportedly expended on the Federal Government’s School feeding programme by the National Conditional Cash Transfer Office (NICTO) the coordinating workplace dealing with the mission within the Presidency.
The Chairman of the Committee Hon Busayo Oluwole Oke and different members of the Committee whereas grilling the National Coordinator of the School Feeding Programme Dr. Mrs Sinkaye Temitope and National Safety Net Coordinating Officer Mr Iowa Apera on the disbursement of the N64bn out of N186 billion mentioned to have been thus far spent on feeding the college pupils alone
expressed displeasure over the event, discribing it as outrageous and unacceptable.
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Consequently, the Committee presently investigating the administration and utilisation of the Presidential Task Force PTF on COVID-19 demanded an entire mission audit of the programme instantly
The lawmakers have been enraged by a doc submitted to the committee which confirmed that the NICTO workplace acquired a credit score of $400 million from the World Bank, $321 million from Abacha Restitution and one other $400 million mentioned to be stability from the federal government fairness fund.
But the National Coordinator advised the lawmakers that the feeding programme had been on-going since 2016 when the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs initiated it and had thus far gulped N186 billion in totality.
She additional advised the committee that the funds breakdown confirmed that N63.2 billion, N32.2 billion and N124.four billion have been spent by the workplace in 2018, 2019 and 2020 respectively.
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Other committee members together with Rep. Chudi Momah (Anambra- APGA) and Rep. Miriam Onuoha (Imo-APC) denounced the report saying that many faculties and communities have been but to profit from college feeding programme.
Momah was visibly enraged because it was documented that 200,000 pupils from completely different households had benefited from it from Ihiala native council space of Anambra State which he refuted.
The Committe Chairman Rep.Oke who additionally administered an oath to the National Coordinator additionally mentioned that the Committee would take a look at the paperwork submitted including that the funds mighty not have handed by appropriation by the parliament.