Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has revealed that the ministry’s proposed budget for capital expenditure received a huge cut by the budget office.
The ministry, which was created in August by President Muhammadu Buhari, had made a proposal of N56.9billion which was cut down to N3.08billion.
Farouq made this known on Monday while speaking at the budget defence before the House of Representatives committee on Women Affairs and Social Development.
“The ministry’s budget proposal for the year 2020 proposed by the ministry to the budget office was significantly higher, the ministry headquarters was allocated N3.082billion for capital expenditure as against N56.9 billion initially proposed for relevant programmes,” she said.
The minister had earlier stated that the ministry would help the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration in lifting 100million Nigerians out of poverty.
However, a member, Aisha Dukku (APC) had challenged this claim saying, “I want to know since you are in charge of social development and government programmes like the N-power, trader moni, because it is social development we are talking about, you have a huge task, because N3.082billion for your capital cannot bring out 100 million people out of poverty, and so I believe you have a very big task, what I will suggest that a special case be made that certainly, you cannot bring out 100million Nigerians out of poverty.”
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