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Reps begin investigation of FG skills acquisition funds

The House of Representatives has began the process to investigate financial budgetary provisions, approvals and multilateral donations on skills acquisition programmes of the Federal Government and relevant Agencies.

Consequently, the House resolved to set up an Adhoc Committee to investigate the concerned agencies and parastatals in the implementation of these skills acquisition and related programmes, and report back in 16 weeks.

This followed the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by a member from Lagos State, Mr Emmanuel Oghene at plenary.

Mr Oghene noted that Social Investment Programmes and Skills Acquisition Programmes are parts of the sustainable tools for the eradication of unemployment amongst the youths, and also for the enhancement of human capital development and productivity in Nigeria.

He noted that unemployment and its principal attendant effect which is poverty have caused terrible damage on all facets of the nation and cannot be disconnected from the insecurity, violence and other social vices being perpetrated by some Nigerians in their desperation to survive and be self-sufficient.

The lawmaker said the Federal Government and multilateral donors in its efforts to get Nigerians engaged in meaningful economic ventures had committed so much funds for the approval and implementation of skill acquisition programmes, seIf-reliance programmes and social investment safety nets in all the states of the federation through many of its agencies.

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