The House of Representatives Committee on Ecological Funds has threatened to stop the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and North-East Development Commission, NEDC, from assessing Ecological Funds.

The House of Representatives Committee on Ecological Funds has threatened to stop the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and North-East Development Commission, NEDC, from assessing Ecological Funds.

Rep. Ayokunle Isiaka led standing committee of the House disclosed  this position at a public hearing of a bill for an Act to establish the regulation of Ecological Funds held on Wednesday in Abuja.

The Chairman of the Ayokunle Isiaka led standing committee of the House, Isiaka Ayokunle disclosed made this known at a public hearing of a bill for an Act to establish the regulation of Ecological Funds held in Abuja.  

The Committee said that it would invoke necessary constitutional provision on the Agencies if by December 31st 2020, they still refuse to submit account of their respective shares from the Ecological Fund.

The Lawmaker disclosed that total outflows distributed to Federal, States, FCT, 774 Local Government Areas and the Agencies of government from Ecological Fund from January to September 2020 is at the tone of N54.8 billion .    He tasked State Houses of Assembly   on proper over sighting of allocations to the 36 States of the Federation and the 774 Local Government Areas who are equally beneficiaries of the Funds. 

Earlier, while declaring the event open, the Speaker, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, represented by the House Deputy Leader, Peter Akpatason emphasized that the Legislative Agenda of the 9th House is committed to seeking legislative solutions to ecological challenges.

Hon Ayokunle Isiaka Chairman, House Committee on Ecological Fund, Hon Peter Akpatason, Rep. of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.

In his submission, Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha who supervises the disbursement of the fund picked holes in the proposed bill.

The SGF who was represented by Director Pollution Control in the Ecological Fund Office, Clinton Igwe, observed that the bill negates the nature and original design of the Ecological Fund Office which is presently under the President.                 

He noted that the bill will slow down quick response in dealing with erosion problems in Nigeria, adding that the creation of an independent agency as the bill is seeking would further add to the cost of governance.

Clinton Igwe, Director Pollution Control, Ecological Fund Office.

The proposed bill seeks to address Nigeria’s ecological challenges particularly erosion, landslide, desertification, flood, oil spillage, drought through the regulation of the Ecological Funds.



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