The House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu over the formula for the planned distribution of N1.1 trillion as conditional cash transfer to 15 million households.
The summon was sequel to the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance by Rep. Abdulmaruf Adebayo (PDP-Osun) during plenary in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to Adebayo, the conditional cash transfer was an intervention by the Federal Government to cushion the effect of the removal of petrol subsidy on vulnerable Nigerians.
He said the cash transfer was one of the 15 items in the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the government and the organised labour on Oct. 2.
The lawmaker said there had been negative feedback from Nigerians over the ways and manners palliatives were distributed to vulnerable Nigerians by government agencies in the past.
He said items from international donors meant to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic were mismanaged.
According to him, the World Bank country representative; Shubham Chaudhuri, confirmed that cash transfers were widely applicable to reduce poverty.
Adebayo said the removal of fuel subsidy necessitated the introduction of various programmes, policies and intervention to alleviate and boost the economics of families and small businesses.
He said the federal lawmakers being closer to the people were meant to represent the interest and concerns of their constituents at the National level.
The House mandated the committee on constituency outreach and committee on poverty alleviation to invite the minister to the house.