Special Duties Ministry Laments Paucity Of Funds

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Akin Akande, Abuja

Six months after its establishment, the Federal Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, on Tuesday lamented that in spite of its achievement, the ministry is faced with the challenges of limited funding.

Presenting his mid-term report on progress and achievement before in Abuja, the Special Duties Minister,
added that the ministry is also facing the challenge of dishonesty occasioned by revenue leakages due to lack of transparency in the operation of lottery operators.

He said that the ministry has great potentials and the capacity to manage issues relating to governance among the three arms and tiers of government.

“Managing the potentials of the three arms and tiers of government became imperative, according to the Minister “so as to ensure that at the end of the day, not only is governance carried out according to the dictates and letter of the Constitution, but in such a way and manner that there is transparency, integrity and better service to Nigerians.” he said

Turaki said that the prospect of the ministry is to encourage harmonious interface among the various arms/tiers of government as well as relevant international bodies to enhance good governance.

At the moment the ministry has four agencies, which are, Nigerian National Merit Award, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, National Lottery Regulatory Commission and National Lottery Trust Fund.

The Minister said that the establishment of the commission refuges has help to reduce the asylum seekers application backlog and the reconstitution of refugee appeal board.

Turaki disclosed that the mandate of the ministry is to provide leadership in the development of risk reduction measures and disaster management, implement government policies on anti-corruption crusade, provide leadership for a safer sustainable and resilient society among others.