The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq has disowned N206 billion Inserted into it’s Ministry Budget by the Ministry of Finance.
Hajia Farouk who appeared before the Senate Panel on Special Duties to defend 2023 Budget claimed that the Ministry requested for some projects for the North East Development Commission (NEDC) and National Social Safety Net Project in 2022 budget which was not released , but the Ministry is surprised that money is now times 10 2023 Budget of the Ministry.
Trouble started when one of the Committee members Senator Elisha Abbo asked the Minister about N206 billion in the budget budget.
But, the Minister in her response said, “Yes we made mention of the projects for 2022 which was not released and part of it was part for the NEDC.
“The money was not released and now we have seen it recurring by almost 10 folds and we are also going to clarify from the ministry of finance to know why this increase despite the fact that the previous year, the money was not even released for the project.
“So we will get the details then send to you on that.
“On upscaling of the National Social Safety Net Project. These projects under the national social safety nests, the condition cash transfer, the updating of the national social register and the rapid response register as well to cushion the effect of inflation.
“This is all I can say for this. I cannot really give full details of how this amount is going to be utilised because it is something that was negotiated between the ministry of finance and world bank.”
But, Senator Abbo who was shocked by the Ministry response said that the country can’t continue to borrow money and plunge the country into debt.
He said, ” This is serious. We cannot continue to borrow money and plunge this country into debt for our children to come and pay without investing in what they will see.”
The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Yusuf Yusuf therefore moved a motion to summon Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed to come and give explanation about the N206 billion inserted in the Ministry budget.
Senator Yusuf said, ” I want to move a motion that the minster of finance should appear before this committee to furnish this committee with details of what they intend to do with N206 billion in 2023 budget.
“Now that the minster has said that she is not in charge of negotiation, of course she is not, the minster of finance is.”