By Gbenga Akingbule
Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume representing Borno South Senatorial District in the Senate has on Tuesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately disband the distribution of palliatives committee headed by the Minster of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouk.
Ndume who is also the Senate Committee Chairman on Army alleged that activities of the Sadiya led- committee is a fraudulent and should be investigated
Ndume says President Buhari’s good will to get palliatives to poor Nigerians during Covid 19 pandemic and beyond may be eroded by the many “kleptocrats ” that surrounds the president.
Briefing journalists on Tuesday in his Maiduguri home , Sen Ndume said the Minister of Humanitarian affairs has failed to carry out her job in a transparent and equitable manner, describing manner and ways of distributing palliatives to Nigerians as fraudulent.
Hear him ” I’m not trying to make allegations against the Minster of Humanitarian Affairs , Disaster Management and Social Development; What I’m saying are facts . If they will continue with the way they are doing now , they had better not distribute the palliative at all because it’s a fraud .
” My concern now is the manner and ways the palliative measures taken by the president is being executed . We have received numerous complaints and it’s very unfortunate, left to me , I’m calling for the so – called Humanitarian committee headed by the Minster of Humanitarian Affairs to be disbanded immediately and the president should set up a taskforce to handle issues of palliatives. ” Ndume said
According to him ,” the taskforce under the Chairmanship of each state governor, should include a Senator and House of Assembly member from each state , the Army, Police, Ciivil Defense, religious organisation, Red Cross, Civil Society Organisations to ensure the distribution of the palliatives; I don’t mind the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and members of Social Investment Programs as members ” Ndume said.
Ndume who picked holes in the modus operandi utilize in distributing palliative to house holds and individuals wondered why Zamfara state where the minister hails from would have huge number of beneficiaries as against states like Sokoto , Borno, Yobe amongst others .
” Imagine Zamfara state – the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs home state has 291, 629 house holds and 1, 341,153 Individuals captured under the National Social Register of of Poor and Vulnerable House Holds for March 2020 leaving Sokoto State which is adjudged as the poorest state in Nigeria with a paltry 3,347 House Holds and 18, 435 Individuals . Borno has only 7,130 House Holds and 33,728 Individuals.
” I have reliable information that even names they have been generated are fake , the BVN is not fraud -proof , one person will generate thousands of names and after conniving with banks , they are issued BVN investigation will reveal all these .
“They have the names of their cooks , drivers , relatives , relatives of their house helps and those they call the poorest of the poor and give this money to them.
” I call on the press to join in call to stop this callous act, you can imagine the situation our people are in at the moment, yet some people are rushing to either share or steal this money.” Ndume said.
However the Minister Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouk has distance her self from the allegations
” These monies that are speculated to being shared is a program that has been in existence since 2016, its not a COVID- 19 money sharing stuff. ” the Minister said during an interview with TVC on Wednesday.