The panel of representatives investigates the Ministry of Agriculture for N18.6bn allegedly spent on clearing bushes, land preparation, other

The Public Accounts Committee of the House of Representatives has launched an investigation into the 18.6 billion naira allegedly spent on land preparation by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Committee Chairman Oluwole Oke (PDP, Osun) said during a public hearing on Tuesday that the money was spent between 2013 and 2021 on bush clearing, land preparation and soil rehabilitation and plant laboratories. He claimed that the money was withdrawn from the ministry’s broad vote service. Mr. Oke said that the representative of the Ministry had appeared before the committee, but the committee members were not satisfied with the explanation provided by the ministry. “We invited the Ministry of Agriculture and they have presented themselves. But some of our members, whose constituencies were supposed to be home to these projects, doubted the existence of these projects. “For a fair hearing, we have invited the companies that got the contract to come and tell this committee where and when the work was done,” Mr. Oke said. He noted that if companies do not appear before the committee, lawmakers will use any means available to force them to do so. Oke did not disclose the affected companies and the date they are due to appear before the panel. The Public Accounts Committee, which is a constitutional committee, is responsible for overseeing the Auditor General’s report. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; The panel of representatives investigates the Ministry of Agriculture for N18.6bn allegedly spent on clearing bushes, land preparation, other