Senate summons finance minister over ₦206bn for humanitarian ministry


Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.The Senate has summoned the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, to explain an allocation of N206 billion inserted into the 2023 budget of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

The Senate, through its committee on Special Duties, asked that Ahmed appear before it with details and plans for the allocation made despite the country’s dwindling revenue and struggling economy.

A member of the panel, Elisha Abbo, lamented how the committee had to summon the finance minister days ago when the lawmakers considered the budget of the ministry of health and primary health care.

On her part, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Farouq denied knowledge of how the N206 billion was inserted into her ministry’s 2023 budget by the ministry of finance.

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