Senator urges SURE-P to explain N90m publicity budget

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Senate Deputy Leader and Chairman, Senate Ad-hoc Committee on SURE-P, Abdul Ningi, has asked the management of SURE-P Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS) to explain how they spent N90 million for publicity.
Speaking during budget defense on Monday, he said there was no way the management of GIS would have spent N90 million for publicity outside what was budgeted for in the entire SURE-P publicity.
Ningi had, in 2013, called for the scrapping of SURE-P programme, when it was alleged that N500 billion realised from the subsidy programme of the Federal Government was missing.
“We need more explanation. There is no way you can spent N90 million for publicity, outside the budget for publicity in the name of SURE-P. You have to come back on Tuesday (today) for more explanation and proof of payment, Ningi said.
Permanent Secretary, in the Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Anastasia Mabi Daniel-Nwaobia, told the committee that the money was used for jingles and other media activities.
She said the stipends paid to GIS beneficiaries had increased from N25, 000 to N30, 000.

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