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Reps Call For Investigation Into Alleged Illegal Payments By Foreign Affairs Ministry

Channels Television  
Updated November 25, 2020
A file photo of lawmakers during plenary at the House of Representatives Chamber in Abuja on September 27, 2019.

 

The House of Representatives on Wednesday called for an investigation into the alleged payment of allowances to officials of the ministry of foreign affairs, despite their recall from various foreign missions.

The resolution of the House followed a motion of urgent public importance raised by the Minority Leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu.

According to the lawmaker, the alleged culprits are the staff of the Human Resources Department of the ministry.

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β€œIt has been alleged that these officials one year into their recall to the headquarters are still receiving full entitlements such as accommodation allowance, house allowance, transport allowance, medical and utility bills aided by the staff of the Human Resources Department of the ministry who collect sums of money from these erring officials and internationally frustrate efforts of posted colleagues to replace those posted back to headquarters by refusing to process the needed documentation that will enable them to resume duties at the various foreign missions,” he said.

Reacting to Elemumelu’s motion, the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, directed the Committee on Foreign Affairs to investigate the allegations.

He thereafter ordered the committee to report back to the House in the next four weeks.

Meanwhile, the House also called for improved security around the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, following recent attacks.