By Henry Umoru
ABUJA- THE Federal government told the National Assembly Monday that leas than a one billion Naira has been spent so far from the N500 voted as Social Intervention fund as contained in the 2016 Budget.
According to the federal Government, N25 billion has been released as at last month for the programmes as it was still expecting a release of N40 billion this month into the same account.
Speaking in Abuja during a meeting with the Joint Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and thee Senate led by Senator Danjuma Goje, Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Protection Plan, Mrs Maryam Uwais who noted that the Money did not get to the intervention fund as expected, said, “we did not get the release for the intervention Programme on time, even the amount given to us, we won’t be able to spend it before the end of the year.
According to her, the special intervention Programme is an homegrown which will begin in 11 states in the country.
Meanwhile, the National Assembly joint committees on appropriations have frowned at the disbursement of only one billion naira out of the five hundred billion social intervention funds.
It would be recalled that the Social Intervention fund was set aside to cater for school feeding, five thousand monthly stipend for the unemployed and market women amongst other.
Also at the meeting, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema who lamented the ugly situation of Nigeria foreign embassies, told the National Assembly that what obtains there is a national embarrassment.
According to him, diplomats have been sent packing from their homes, houses, cannot pay school fees of their children as well as local and domestic staff.