House begins inquest into subsidy claims, summons Finance Minister

The House of Representatives has called on Hajia Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, to appear before it with all papers pertaining to subsidy claims from 2013 to date.

Rep. Ibrahim Aliyu, Chairman, Special ad how committee gave the directive on Tuesday, when Stephen Okon, Director of Home Finance in the ministry, came before the committee in Abuja

The minister was given till August 16 by the chairman of the committee to appear in person with all necessary supporting documentation for subsidy claims.

The chairman stated that the minister must respond with the total amount released as subsidy payments from 2013 to the present day.

He stated that it was necessary to submit the breakdown of the enterprises that were recipients of subsidy payments from the consolidated revenue account.

The minister’s recent claim that the nation would need N6.7 trillion to service subsidies was worrying, according to the chairman.

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