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The Plateau State House of Assembly has discovered over N3 billion unspent Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) fund in the state since January 2012, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The Chairman of the House Ad- hoc Committee on the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, Mr. Dalyop Mancha, made this known to journalists in Jos on Wednesday.
Mancha said the committee discovered that both the state and local governments attracted fund from the SURE-P since January 2012, which the two tiers did not disbursed to the beneficiaries.
He said the Commissioners for Finance, Local Government and Chieftaincy, the state Accountant-General, state and zonal Coordinators of SURE-P and the Director-General, Research and Planning, Plateau Government House, appeared before it.
The chairman said the finance commissioner told the committee that the state started receiving monthly allocation of funds from the programme in January 2012, but a special account was created for it in April 2012.
“He said the funds are intact and that the account have so far received the sum of over N3 billion arising from a monthly allocation of N218 million,’’ he said.
Mancha said the commissioner for local governments also told the committee that the state received SURE-P funds from April 2012, and was kept in an account domiciled as local government SURE-P account.
He said the commissioner blamed the non commencement of the programme on late submission of programme by committees’ set up in local governments for the purpose.
He said the committee had recommended that the state and local governments should put in place mechanisms for the commencement of the programme to catch up with other states.
Meanwhile, the house has mandated the committee to reconcile it figures with the SURE-P headquarters in Abuja.