We Are Not Investigating The Vice President – Reps

 We Are Not Investigating The Vice President  – Reps

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts, on Tuesday, stated that its investigation has nothing to do with the office of the Vice President but the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.

The Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts, Hon. Wole Oke  who gave the clarification while addressing the Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget & National Planning, Mrs Olusola Idowu, said contrary to erroneously insinuated in some quarters it is not investigating the office of the Vice President, or the person of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

Oke explained that the ongoing investigation was aimed at getting documentary evidences of the school feeding procurement under the National Social Investment Programme carried out by Federal Ministry of Budget & National Planning.

Oke said:  “We have it on record that the Ministry of Budget and National Planning handled all issues of procurement from 2016 to September 2019 when the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs was created.”

“Our request is for the Ministry of Budget and National Planning to make available all relevant procurement records for the various items under the NSIP. Our investigation has nothing to do with the office of the Vice President but the Ministry.”

Oke explained that  although since its implementation in 2016 until October 2019, the SIPs was domicilled in the Office of the Vice President, the Vice President has never been involved in financial transactions or the disbursement of funds for the SIPs.

He said, “By our records, the office of the Vice President is responsible for policy formulation and monitoring of the National Social Investment Programme.

“Issue bothering on procurement was handled by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning which has now been merged with the Ministry of Finance.”

He further called on the Ministry to make available all documents needed in the course of the investigation.

 “Our request is for the Ministry of Budget and National Planning to make available all relevant procurement records for the various items under the NSIP. Our investigation has nothing to do with the office of the Vice President but the Ministry,” he added.

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