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Senate to probe SURE-P, FG intervention funds

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…. NHIS, NPHCDA also

THE Senate yesterday resolved to carry an investigation into the alleged misuse of the social intervention programme fund and the Subsidy Re-investment Programme (SURE-P) by Presidency, vowing to unearth whether funds allocated to the two schemes were used judiciously or diverted.

The resolution followed the adoption of a motion by the Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi calling on Senate to probe alleged deployment of funds under the social intervention programme to buy Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) and slant the forthcoming 2019 presidential election in President Muhammadu Buhari’s favour.

Displaying copies of signed forms used by an alleged beneficiary of the intervention fund, while arguing his motion under Order 42 of Senate Standing Rules, Olujimi claimed that beneficiaries are made to attach their PVCs before they could benefit from the fund.

According to her, it was unfortunate that the social intervention fund created for the benefit of every Nigerian was being manipulated to buy PVC for President Buhari’s re-election bid. She therefore prayed the Senate to investigate the matter as a matter of urgency, adding that the Upper Chamber should not bother for whose ox may be gored.

However Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, described the allegation as completely unfounded amid resentment by his colleagues who broke into a rowdy shouts of point of order, with Senate President, Bukola Saraki, unable to control the situation for some moments, before giving the floor Senator Dino Melaye to move his point of order.

Senate also directed its relevant committees to probe the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) over allegations of high-handedness and corruption.

The resolution followed an adopted motion sponsored by Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa (Abia North) claiming that NHIS has been embroiled in crisis over allegations of fraud and high-handedness against its Executive Secretary, Yusuf Usman, by the Governing Council of the scheme.

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