A recent embarrassing news has got Nigerian compatriots furious. It was reported that Nigerian lawmakers are currently looking into the claims that as much as N270 Million was used to clear grass at IDPs Camps.
Nigerian Lawmakers have blasted the claims and are currently probing into it.
As a result of the Boko Haram insurgency, there is an estimated population of 2.6 million and counting internally displaced people – IDPs – in Nigeria.
Misplacement of priority has always been a major issue with Nigerian leadership.
Reps argue that it is unheard of that such an amount was used to clear grass in IDPs Camps while feeding the displaced persons is still a battle. They see no reason to it.
The office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) is responsible for the N270 million supposed expenditure.
The House of representatives have registered their disappointment and reservation that the Secretary, Mr Babachir Lawal, who was invited, has not appeared before the house to defend the claims.
Rep. Sani Zorro said:
‘The SGF who was slated to have appeared hasn’t showed up.”
“He did not write to intimate us on why his office would not come to explain why issues of internally displaced persons have remained un-encouraging, in spite of the billions of naira claimed to have been spent.”
The Committee on IDPs and the North-East Initiatives have been mandated by the house to probe into the case as well as ascertaining the details of how about N12 billion that was allocated for the IDPs’ challenges was spent.
“We also expected him to explain the implementation framework being used to spend money.”
“We have been inundated by reports of diversion of materials and funds meant for the rehabilitation of the IDPs, and the North-East and the scandal had led to international embarrassment for the country.”
In defense of the outrageous expenditure Mr Umar Gulani, Executive Secretary in charge of the Presidential Initiative, claimed that the N270 million in question was awarded as a contract to remove “invasive plant species along river channels and simplified village irrigation scheme (phase II) in Komadugu Basin in Yobe”. The basin which houses the IDPs Camps is said to be about 250 kilometres.
However neither the lawmakers nor the Nigerian masses are buying this story.