By CHINEDU OkEREKE, ABUJA
The National Assembly has demanded the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs to justify judicious use of the funds appropriated to it in the 2017 budget.
The appropriated fund was 640 Million Naira.
- This demand was made during an over sight visit by the joint House of the National Assembly to the Ministry, held in Abuja.
The chairperson, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, said that the main purpose of the visit was to know what the Ministry has so far done with the fund appropriated to it a.nd to ascertain whether it is justifiable in Lieu with the money it received.
She however said that the Clerks of the two house would get back to the Ministry on the degree of their justification.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffery Onyema, said that the visit also was to itemise the challenges of the Ministry and a way to solving it to ensure that the Ministry carries out its functions effectively to be able to showcase to the world, what the country has.
On her part, the House of Representative chairperson on Foreign Affairs, Hon. Nnenna Ukaeje, said that because of where Nigeria is today, the money appropriated to each sector must be justified.
She said: “this is a new legislative agenda that we will follow the money to the later and that is what we have come for. We are doing everything possible to ensure the scarce funds that are available to our country are well accounted for”.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Enikanolaiye said that the National Assembly has been very supportive, adding that, the intervention of President Buhari, brought a relief.
He said:” With the support of the National Assembly, Mr President asked for empowerment of 16.8 Billion, out of which about 6.8 Billion Naira has been released to Nigeria Missions abroad, we’re confident that, with release, the plight of our Missions, financially will be significantly corrected”.
The high point of the event was Inspection of the Ministry’s equipment for which the funds was appropriated.