Posted by News Express | 10 November 2018 | 1,374 times
The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has denied any wrongdoing in the approval of N5.8 billion for “emergency intervention of food security to the northeast” in June 2017, when he was acting president.
According to a statement issued on Friday by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande, the Vice President explained that the funds were released to prevent a looming disaster as a result of severe food shortages throughout the northeast.
The statement further explained that there was an immediate need to distribute grains, to Internally Displaced Persons through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
According to him, the only way to obtain the quantity of grains required was to resort to the National Food Security Programme (NFSP) earlier established by the Federal Government as a means of shoring up its strategic grain reserves.
His comments come days after a report by a House of Representatives committee indicted him (the Vice President) for allegedly approving the funds illegally.
•Excerpted from a Channels TV report
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