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PDP Urges NASS To Probe Tinubu Presidency Over N1bn Committee Inauguration Approval

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has urged the National Assembly to investigate President Bola Tinubu’s administration following the leakage of a memo revealing his approval of N500 million as the first part of a N1 billion fund for the inauguration of a 37-member Tripartite Committee on the New National Minimum Wage.

The memo, purportedly originating from Senator George Akume, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, has sparked criticism from the PDP.

They condemn the alleged authorization of such a substantial sum for what they deem a routine government function like committee inauguration, labeling it as a manifestation of excessive spending, lack of foresight, and financial irresponsibility.

The opposition party conveyed its demand for an inquiry through a statement signed by its spokesperson, Debo Ologunagba, on Friday.

The statement reads: “It is highly provocative and unpardonable that at the time the nation is suffering acute food shortage; when millions of Nigerians are starving due largely to inadequate investment in food production, insecurity and harsh economic policies of the government; a time when workers are still being owed their January 2024 salary and other legitimate entitlements, President Tinubu is allegedly spending NI billion to inaugurate a committee.

“It is even more revealing that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, allegedly requested for an audacious sum of N1.8 billion for the event which was later scaled down to N1 billion, out of which President Tinubu reportedly directed the SGF to “start with N500 million first”.

“This further shows that the APC administration is insensitive and has no regard for the plight of Nigerians, whom President Tinubu, during his 2024 budget presentation at the National Assembly described as “ordinary people out there”.

“Nigerians can now also see how our national treasury and funds meant for their wellbeing are being looted with reckless abandon by officials of the Tinubu-led APC administration.

“This is apparently a tip of the iceberg of how looters in the APC administration are cashing out with public funds under the cover of the Presidency as witnessed in the reported plundering of over N44 billion in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

“The PDP calls out the Tinubu Presidency to speak out, come clean and address the nation on this very weighty allegation especially at this time when Nigerians are undergoing excruciating economic hardship.

“Our Party demands that the National Assembly, pursuant to its powers under Section 88 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) immediately commence investigation into this matter which is already agitating the minds of Nigerians across the country.”

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