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Reps to monitor appropriated funds

The House of Representatives says it will ensure adequate oversight of all appropriated funds for the implementation of SDG programmes in all ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).

The Chairman of the House Committee on SDG, Mr Rotimi Agunsoye made this known in a statement made available to Newsmen in Abuja.

He said adequate correspondence from the House committee on Appropriation would ascertain fund release to guide their oversight activities.

Mr Agunsoye said the clarification became imperative to avoid misrepresentation of the earlier correspondence between the National Assembly Committees on SDGs and Finance Ministry of any financial indictment on the person and office of the OSSAP-SDGs.

He said the attention of the House Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was drawn to a publication by The Nation Newspaper, with the headline ” 2020 Budget: Row over N33b SDGs’ vote stating that the sum of N33 billion was included in the allocation of  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 2020 Budget without details being provided to the National Assembly.

The Lawmaker stated that a correspondence was sent to the Finance Ministry in respect to the subject matter, upon which clarification was sought from the SDGs office without any indictment on the person or the office of the SSA-SDGs, Mrs Orelope-Adefulire indicating misappropriation of the 2020 budgetary allocation of her office.

According to him, the house Committee on SDGs got records from the OSSAP-SDGs  and Appropriation committee which shows the said additional 33 billion was not appropriated for SDGs office among provisions of the 2020 budget earlier assented by Mr. President upon which the prevalence of COVID-19 distorted implementation of entire 2020 budget.

SHEHU IBRAHIM

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