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HoRs Probes Agric Ministry For Using N18.9 Billion To Clear Bush During Covid-19 Lockdown

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HoRs Probes Agric Ministry For Using N18.9 Billion To Clear Bush During Covid-19 Lockdown

Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Public Account, Woke Oke, has said the House is investigating the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development over the award of contracts worth N18.9 billion to several companies to clear bushes during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Oke, who spoke at the resumed investigative hearing of the committee, said the House was interested in finding out the location of the projects and their significance.

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The House, he said, had summoned officials of the ministry and the companies involved to appear before it.

But the companies that were supposed to appear before the House yesterday did not, and no reason was given for their absence.

Oke said the companies are to “appear before the committee on investigation of contracts awarded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of roads, bush clearing, land preparation and rehabilitation of soil and plant laboratories video utilisation of funds from Service Wide vote between 2013 and 2021, totalling N18,924,004,359.38”.

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