Buhari's SIP: PVC Becomes Unlisted Criteria To Access Fund - Sen. Olujimi
"I have one such forms where your BVN number, PVC number, gender and account details must be written.
"I urge that an Ad-hoc Committee be set up to look into this issue". This is according to the Senate's Minority Leader, Abiodun Olujimi.
Mild drama was recorded on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday during plenary.
Olujimi has accused the Buhari led administration of 'politicising' its Social Intervention Programme that ought to cater for the poorest of the poor in Nigeria.
She told the lawmakers that unwritten criteria is being imposed on proposed beneficiaries before they are granted access to their common wealth.
“The funds have been used for political reasons,” she said.
Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan stood up to counter Olujimi’s claims, but he was resisted by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers, who, led by Dino Melaye, the Kogi West senator, raised their voices.
However, the Senate President allowed him to speak and he defended the initiative while poking holes at the PDP's former SURE-P.
"I have listed attentively to the motion raised by the senate minority leader, let me say from the onset that SIP of this administration is computer-based very transparent.
"That is why for the first time in the history of Nigeria, we have a fool-proof system that anywhere you maybe in Nigeria you will apply online.
"If minority party feels that we should not be listened to it will be unfortunate", he added.
In his resolution, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki said he supports transparency as he called for a probe into the Olujimi's allegations against SIP and the APC lawmakers push for a search for irregularities in the management of SURE-P.
An adhoc committee on the SIP was set up. Members are: Ibrahim Gobir, Shehu sani, Enyinnaya baribe, Danjuma Goje, Dino melaye, Mathew Urghoighde and Gbenga Ashafa.