There has been a disagreement among members of the House of Representatives Committee on Internally Displaced Persons on Tuesday, during the 2021 budget defense session of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.
A number of lawmakers were worried about the extra-budgetary spending of the ministry and incomplete budget documents submitted by the Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouk.
“I don’t think that the document conclusively and comprehensively the challenges of our office. Engaging with these documents will mean that we are taking just a fraction of our responsibility,” a committee member, Awaji-Inombek Abiante, said.
As tensions flared up, a lawmaker, Fatuhu Mohammed, accused members of the committee of harassing the minister after which he stormed out of the meeting.
According to him, they were not focusing on the main issues of the day, rather, they were accusing the minister of not sharing food items and palliatives which were stored up in warehouses, resulting in the series of lootings that took place across the country.
Another lawmaker noted that it was unheard of that an expenditure was defined as non-budgetary. But in defense, the minister explained that it was a special intervention fund by President Buhari – under the Conditional Cash Transfer programme.
Sadiya Farouk maintained that apart from the budget, her ministry had never received money from anywhere.
Her claim comes months after the country had received cash donations running into billions to fight .
The donations were also meant to help cushion the effect of the pandemic on Nigerians, especially the poor and vulnerable.
A large portion of the donations had come from the Nigeria Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID).