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Reps to recover ecological funds from MDAs

States commissioners of finance and representatives of agencies at the hearing.

The House of Representatives Committee on Ecological Fund has vowed to recover all ecological funds from agencies and states not meant to benefit from such fund.

The Committee also frowned at the non appearance of some agencies and states, especially those affected by this year’s flood, to defend their spending.

The Chairman of the Committee Ibrahim Isiaka made this known in Abuja at the Investigative hearing on need to investigate the total consolidated accruals and utilization of Ecological Fund.

He explained that the committee would recover the fund and pump it back into the main ecological account to enable local and states governments benefit.

The Director Pollution Control at the Ecological Project Office, Clinton Igwe stated that the office received only money meant for the execution of key projects.

He stated that sharing of ecological funds is done from Federal Allocation Committee.

The Acting Accountant General of the Federation Sylvia Okolieboh represented by the Director Federation Revenue and Special Account Abdulkareem Ibrahim clarified that Ecological fund is Incorporated in the monthly allocation.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, said the objective of the hearing is to gather data to design public policy and guide governance decision-making on the fund.

Mr Gbajabiamila, who was represented by the Deputy House Leader, Mr Peter Akpatason, observed that the hearing has been convened at the right time when millions of Nigerians are suffering the adverse effects of a devastating flood across the country.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Chinasa Ossai