Representatives ask FG to suspend allocations to NEMA, NEDC and others

The House of Representatives has asked the Federal Department of Finance and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation to suspend the allocation of funds from the environmental funds to certain federal government agencies until investigations into past allocations to them have been granted are terminated.

The agencies concerned are the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the National Great Green Wall Agency, the North East Development Commission and the National Farmland Planning Authority.

The House also asked the House Committee on Green Funds to investigate the release of the funds.

In addition, the Committee should survey the use of the fund over the past three years.

This resolution follows the adoption of a motion proposed by Ibrahim Isiaka (APC, Ogun) on Wednesday.

The Ecological Fund was established in 1981 by the Federation Account Act. This is an intervention fund to respond to various environmental challenges in communities across the country.

In his motion, Mr. Isiaka said the four agencies had derailed the purpose of the ecological fund, which was set up by the federal government to address the multiple ecological challenges across the country.

He explained that the four agencies have deviated from the main mandate of the ecological fund.

Mr. Isiaka further explained that NEMA pulls 20% of the fund, while NAGGW and NEDC pull 15% and 18% respectively.

He alleged that “efforts to hold agencies accountable for their shared funds over the past few years have yielded no positive results.”

The motion passed without debate.

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