The House of Representatives has clarified that members received rice from the Federal Government as part of a nationwide palliative effort, not N100 million as claimed in a recent viral video.
Akin Rotimi, Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Publicity, made the clarification in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
The video featured Rep. Dekeri Anamero of Etsako Federal Constituency stating that President Bola Tinubu provided each member with two trailers of rice for distribution to their constituents.
Rotimi, however, said the rice distribution was made possible due to the Speaker’s lobbying efforts to secure additional palliatives for constituencies across the country.
He said the process, overseen by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, adhered to established public procurement regulations.
He added that legislators have the right to be present during distribution to take credit for bringing succour to the people.
The Reps Member further said the procurement process is at different stages, depending on the constituency, but to be clear, no legislator has been given any money for palliatives.