- The minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management has rejected an invitation to appear before the Nigerian House of Representatives
- This would be the fourth time Sadiya Umar Farouq has rejected a summon by the lower chamber over the COVID-19 funds
- The minister was earlier summoned by the green chamber over funds released by the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force to her ministry
Sadiya Umar Farouq, the minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management, on Monday, June 15, rejected the summons by the Nigerian House of Representatives over COVID-19 funds.
According to Vanguard, this would be the fourth time Farouq has rejected an invitation of the lower chamber's Ad hoc committee investigating the disbursement of funds allocated for coronavirus palliative released to the ministry.
The minister's refusal to cooperate with the House is in violation of sections 4, 81, and 88 of the 1999 Constitution which gives the lower chamber power over the public purse and investigative powers over the president as far as public funds are concerned.
Farouq rejecting the Reps' invitation has left Rep. Wole Oke, the chairman of the panel, and other members of the Ad hoc committee irritated.
The House of Reps under the Constitution has the Legislative Powers Act, to summon and even effect the arrest of anyone under the federation.
Recall that the minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management was summoned by the House committee on public accounts on Tuesday, June 9, to explain the disbursement of funds released by the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force.
The humanitarian affairs minister who was asked to appear before the committee on Thursday, June 18, will also answer questions on the other schemes such as N-power and Social Investment Programme (SIP).
In other news, the federal government has dismissed claims by critics who described the plan to feed school children at home as a scam.
The minister of disaster management, humanitarian affairs, and social development on Thursday, May 21, defended the federal government’s decision to spend N679 million on the programme.
Speaking in Lagos at the lunch of the feeding programme, the minister gave two cogent reasons why the feeding school children cannot be described as a scam.
One of the reasons was that the initiative was recognized internationally. She said 16 other countries are still feeding children despite the closure of schools.
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