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House to probe Covid-19 fund disbursements; to demand details of expenditure from Ministry

SEQUEL to some revelations about how the N5billion of the N27 billion palliatives given to the aviation industry has been disbursed so far, the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation has resolved to demand from the Ministry of Aviation the detailed disbursement of the intervention fund. READ ALSO: Mshelia says West Link not aware of N5bn palliative disbursement

The Committee on Aviation chairman, Honourable Nnolim Nnaji has said in a statement today that the avalanche concerns raised by stakeholders regarding the matter were too weighty to be ignored.

He stressed that the Committee would look into the complaints by airline operators and other stakeholders on the handling of COVID19 aviation palliative. READ ALSO: N27bn Aviation Palliatives: Nigeria Air’s inclusion raises question over planned expenditure

According to him, the House committee on Aviation has resolved to demand from the Ministry of Aviation the detailed disbursement of the intervention fund.

Nnaji said,”The essence is not to witch hunt anybody but to clear every doubt over the disbursements. We want to know the detailed disbursements, airline by airline, the parastatals under the ministry and other organizations”. COVID-19 Aviation palliatives: What will become of N22bn balance of N27bn?

The chairman noted that the committee was quite aware of the challenges facing the industry due to the COVID19 impact and the genuine concerns expressed by the Honourable Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika on the need for Federal Government’s palliative to the industry.

Some airline operators, he said had complained that despite being asked to submit their details which they did, but up till date. Still no response.

They also alleged that the ministry was doing selective disbursements and that the exercise lacked transparency and urged the committee to investigate it.

Honourable Nnaji assured that though the House had already adjourned for Easter holidays, the committee will cut short its break to look into the matter because of the critical role of aviation in the overall economy of the country.

 

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