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N222bn spent on fuel subsidy without approval- Perm Sec

Permanent Secretary of the ministry of finance, Anastasia Daniel-Nwaobia yesterday revealed that the immediate past administration in the country spent N222.100 billion on subsidy as an emergency intervention to solve the fuel crisis.

Nwaobia said the money, which was unappropriated in the 2015 budget, was spent in the month of March and May of this year to ameliorate the then energy crisis in the country.

In the month of March, she explained, the sum of N66 billion was spent, while N156.100 billion was spent in the month of May as part of what she called “Emergency Intervention in fuel subsidy crisis.”

She spoke at the ongoing House of Representatives probe on the non-implementation of capital budget allocation in the 2015 budget, which entered into its fourth week.

The permanent secretary, who was represented by the Director-General of the Budget Office, Aliyu Yahya Gusau, also told the committee that issues of revenue challenges that accounted for the poor implementation of the budget has necessitated the preparation of a Supplementary Budget.

Chairman of the ad hoc committee, Ahman Pategi (APC, Kwara), wondered how the federal government had spent the sum of N221 billion extra-budgetary amount on fuel subsidy without the National Assembly’s approval even when there was fuel crisis in the country.

The lawmakers also insisted that the Permanent Secretary, who has not appeared before the committee in the past three sittings, must be summoned to answer a lot of their questions with regards to certain discrepancies in her presentation.

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