Abuja – The House of Representatives has mandated its Committees on Petroleum Resources, Downstream, Finance, States and Local Government, to investigate the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE- P).
On January 1, President Goodluck Jonathan, announced the introduction of the programme following the removal of oil subsidy.
This resolution emanated from a motion by Rep. Haruna Manu (PDP- Kano) on Thursday in Abuja, which was unanimously adopted.
Manu noted that after 10 months of the introduction of the programme, most states and local governments had not put mechanisms in place to ensure judicious use of the money accruing to them. He alleged that as at August, about N105 billion had accrued to the Federal Government, out of which N8 billion was used to purchase buses for transporters.
The lawmaker said that the introduction of the programme by government was not aimed at causing hardship to Nigerians but to alleviate their sufferings.
According to him, intervention funds allocated to some key projects like the Abuja-Kaduna, Port Harcourt- Makurdi and Jebba- Kano Rail lines, have been in government budget since 2008. It would be recalled that the Kolade-led committee was to oversee and ensure the effective and timely implementation of these projects.
Rep. Ogbuefi Ozomgbachi (PDP-Enugu) said that the Kolade led committee had no right to spend money accruing to the programme without appropriation. He alleged that the management of the programme was shrouded in secrecy, adding that the fund should not just be made available to agencies of government, it should be monitored.
In another development, the house mandated the Committee on HIV and AIDS and Malaria Control, to carry out an in-depth study on malaria and advise the house.
It also urged the Federal Government to consider urgently the use of effective malaria drugs in line with the roll back malaria programme. The house further urged the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency; intervene by subsidising the importation of ‘Atemisimin Combination Treatment’.
This resolution was sequel to a motion by Rep. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta (PDP-Abia) which was adopted without debate. Nkem- Abonta noted that malaria was responsible for the death of at least one million children between the ages of 1-5 years annually in Nigeria.
He attributed the multi drug-resistance to the importation of sub-standard malaria drugs and inappropriate use of the drugs.
The legislator alleged that the Federal Government had failed in its duty to intervene by ensuring that efficacious malaria drugs were provided at affordable rates for Nigerians