The House of Representatives has inaugurated a Committee to investigate the financial budgetary provisions, approvals and multilateral donations on skills acquisition and related programs of the federal government and its agency.
The committee, inaugurated on Wednesday was constituted, following a motion by Hon. Egoh Emmanuel for the investigation of financial budgetary provisions on skills acquisition and related programs of the federal government and its agency, is headed by Hon. Kolade Akinjo, who represents Ilaja/Ese-Odo Federal constituency as it’s chairman.
According to Hon. Egoh:
“The Social Investment Programme and Skills Acquisition Programme are parts of the sustainable tools for the eradication of unemployment amongst the youths; and also for the enhancement of human capital development and productivity in our country, Nigeria”
“The unemployment and its principal attendant effect which is poverty have caused terrible damage on all facets of the nation and cannot be disconnected from the insecurity, violence and other social vices being perpetrated by some Nigerians in their desperation to survive and be self-sufficient”
“The Federal Government and multilateral donors in its efforts to get Nigerians engaged in meaningful economic ventures had committed so much funds for the approval and implementation of skill acquisition programmes, self-reliance programmes and social investment safety nets in all the states of the federation through many of its agencies including but not limited to Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigerian (SMEDAN) , Nigerian Directorate of Employment , Amnesty Department of the presidency”
The house therefore resolved to set up an Adhoc Committee to investigate the concerned agencies and parastatals in the implementation of these skills acquisition and related programmes in line with the spirit of this motion and the committee was mandated to present its report before the House in 16 weeks.
The chairman of the committee, Hon. Akinjo, at the inaugural meeting noted that the committee members have adopted a plan of action.
According to him:
“We held our inaugural meeting today which was attended by almost the entire committee members wherein we adopted the plan of action as defining the spirit and content of the motion and the members also made input into the plan of action adopted to use as an instrument to interface with the relevant agencies of the federal government vis-à-vis the motion. Our aim, as a committee, is to critically and in a friendly manner do a fact finding on all the budgetary approvals and the deliverables as regards issues of skill acquisitions and other related matters in the Federal republic of Nigeria.”
Relevant stakeholders and institutions expected to be invited for appropriate questioning by the committee includes the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN), Bank of Industry (BOI), Bank of Agriculture (BOA), Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigerian (SMEDAN), Nigerian Directorate of Employment, Amnesty Department of the presidency and Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) among many others.