FG spends N1bn out of N500bn social welfare funds

The Federal Government has spent less than N1 billion out of the 500billion earmarked for social intervention programmes in the 2016 budget.
This was disclosed yesterday by the Special Adviser to the President on Social Protection Plan, Mrs. Maryam Uwais.
Speaking during the hearing of the joint Senate and House of Representatives committees on the N180billion virement request of President Muhammadu Buhari, she said there were delays in releases of funds. 
“The amount so far spent is not up to N1bn because we have not rolled out the programmes. We did not get releases on time,” she said.
When the chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe) asked her whether she has objection on the virement of funds from her office, she said she has no objection. 
“We have no objection because even if the amount is given to us we cannot spend it,” she said.
In his remarks, Goje said the report of his committee on the virement would be laid on the floor of the Senate tomorrow for approval. 
Buhari had last month requested for the virement of N180bn in the 2016 budget. 

Source : dailytrust.


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