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NSIP: we are not investigating VP Osinbajo’s office – Reps

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The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts, on Tuesday, said it is not investigating the office of the Vice President or the person of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as reported by some online media.

The chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts, Hon. Wole Oke gave the clarification while addressing the Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Olusola Idowu.

ElombahNews has reported that the House of Representatives last week summoned a former Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun; the incumbent Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed; and the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, to account for a total sum of N1.7tn appropriated for the implementation of the National Social Investment Programmes from 2016 to September 2019.

The House Committee on Public Accounts also summoned the incumbent and former permanent secretaries and desk officers involved in the implementation of the NSIPs in both the ministries and the National Social Investment Office.

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

Sources at the Vice President’s office however told ElombahNews that the National Social Investment Program (N-SIP) Under The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (2016 2019) was Impactful, Transparent And Credible.

Since its implementation in 2016 until October 2019, the SIPs were domicilled in the Office of the Vice President, with VP Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, as Chair of the Steering Committee that oversights the National Social Investment Office.

The NSIO provides standard delivery mechanisms, with objectivity, collaboration, synergy transparency, efficiency, and pro-active monitoring in mind.

To assure of close collaboration and impact, focal persons from each State were nominated by the Governors, to supervise the State’s activities in relation to each of the four programmes.

The Office of the Vice President told ElombahNews that it has never been involved in financial transactions or the disbursement of funds for the SIPs.

According to Oke, the Ministry of Budget and National Planning was in charge of all matters regarding financing, budgeting, procurement and disbursement of funds allocated and released for the NSIPs.

“By our records, the office of the Vice President is responsible for policy formulation and monitoring of the National Social Investment Programme”, the chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts, stated.

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

“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.

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