SGF frustrating probe of billions spent on internally displaced persons – Reps


The House of Representatives committee investigating alleged diversion of funds and materials meant for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) said it was being frustrated by refusal of some persons to appear before it.

The committee particularly decried the failure of Secretary to Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, to honour summon to him to appear and clarify some issues on the allegation.

The Committee on IDPs and the North-East Initiatives, mandated by the house to investigate the allegation, had invited Mr. Lawal to explain how his office spent about N12 billion allocated for the IDPs’ challenges.

The committee is also investigating the expenditure of N270 million by the Presidential Initiative on the North-East (PINE) “on just clearing of grass’’.

Also being probed by house committee is the purported allocation of N188.69 million for Nigerian refugees living in Minawao, Republic of Cameroon‎.

Expressing disappointment with the attitude of the SGF towards the committee, its chairman, 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 PINE officials said he’s at the villa.

“But, as the secretary to the government under whose office the rehabilitation of the North-East was placed, we had expected him to come to throw light on the financial expenses made by his office.

“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.

“Given the issues of credibility and integrity raised against the agency in charge of the North-East Initiative (PiNE) which falls under the SGF office, we had expected him to respect the invitation.”

However, testifying before the committee, the Executive Secretary in charge of the Presidential Initiative, Umar Gulani, provided some explanation.

He said the N270 million contract was for the removal of 250 kilometres of “invasive plant species along river channels and simplified village irrigation scheme (phase II) in Komadugu Basin in Yobe’’.

In reaction, Mr. Zorro expressed dissatisfaction with the explanation, saying, “we are of the opinion that the expenditure of the magnitude you have made‎ is not justified.

“It’s not acceptable that you would spend such a huge amount of money on the clearing of weeds while 2.5 million internally displaced victims of terror go hungry.

“They have no shelter and medical care.”

The committee, therefore, demanded further details from PINE, to be submitted to it without delay.



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  • Tanko na Mata

    N270M for clearing grass and ‘plants’ in the desert.
    This APC is a real SCAM!
    Allah ya isa!

    • T-Rex

      Are you just knowing it? Lol.

  • George

    AND their cow has no grass to eat hmmmm.

    What a wicked arrangement is APC is.

    Yorubas SHAME

  • Truth is bitter

    Some people in APC are scavengers and God must expose all of them. OBJ made it clear that there is no alternative to Buhari in APC.

  • Titus

    I thought Jonathan brought corruption and went away with it. I thought this govt will never witness corruption because it is headed by Buhari. It is the first in the history of this country that govt spend 270 million naira to cut grass. It is unprecedented. Grass that cows would have eaten without costs. And herdsmen wouldnt move about with cows killing and looking for grass to feed their cows. What a shame

  • Titus

    Jonathan is responsible for the looting of IDPs funds. Jonathan caused the use of 270 million naira to cut grass. Jonathan told the SGF not to honour the invitation. APC VP, AM I LIEING?

  • Titus

    It is only in Nigeria that govt officials become Internally Displaced Persons and so divert relief materials to themselves. while the real IDPs are dieing of hunger.