24th June 2022 | 2:31PM

Paschal Emeka, Abuja

The House of Representatives have resolved to investigate the total consolidation accrual and utilization of Ecological Fund.

Hon. Femi Bamisile representing Ekiti South II Constituency in a motion at the floor of the House on Thursday, June 23, 2022, stated that the Ecological Fund was an Intervention Fund set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria to address multifarious ecological challenges across the country.

He disclosed that the Federal Government, the 36 states of the Federation, the 774 Local Government Areas and the Federal Capital Territory receive funds through the Federal Allocation Committee (FAC) as shares from the Ecological Fund.

Hon. Bamisile also informed that apart from the annual statutory appropriations, four agencies of the Federal Government draw funds from the one percent share of the Federal Government allocated to Ecology and Derivation Fund according to their respective enabling laws.

He listed the agencies to include the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) by virtue of Section 13(2) (b) of its Act, draws 20%, National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW) by virtue of Section 12(2) (b) of its Act, draws 15%, while the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) by virtue of Section 14(12) (b) of its Act, draws 10% and the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) by virtue of Section 18(2) (a) of its Act, draws 10%.

He was concerned that efforts at making beneficiaries of the Ecological Fund accountable for their accrued shared funds in the last few years have been ignored.

He urged the Reps to rely on Sections 88 and 89 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) which empowers the National Assembly to conduct investigation and power as to matters of evidence in order to carry out the investigation.

The lawmakers therefore, mandate the Committee on Ecological Fund to Investigate the total consolidated mandatory accruals into the Ecological Fund from 2010 to March 2022; evaluate the disbursement of the Ecological Fund in line with the provision of the 1999 Constitution from 2010 to March 2022; investigate the utilization of the Ecological Fund by benefiting Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) from 2010 to March 2022 and establish infractions.

The Committee was further directed to conduct public hearings with all major stakeholders on the effective and efficient utilization of the Ecological Fund and report back within six weeks for further legislative action.

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