A MINISTER has claimed giving hundreds of millions of pounds to Nigeria every year in aid is an “absolutely tiny” sum.
He claimed Britain has been “naive” about aid spending but revealed his department is getting “sharper” at ensuring massive sums which go overseas does go towards national interests.
Tory backbenchers are said to be furious at the Prime Minister’s pledge to spend 0.7 per cent of Britain’s national income on foreign aid as public services continue to be slashed.
Mr Hurd told the Department for International Development select committee yesterday: “What we do is absolutely tiny.
Minister Nick Hurd claimed the money is a small portion compared to Nigeria’s GDP
The junior aid minister added: “It’s not about the money, it’s about the influence and what we can do to help to mobilise Nigerian politicians.”
But Tory MP Peter Bone has blasted the amount of money sent to Nigeria.
“The Government’s policy is entirely wrong – the aid budget has gone up by billions and needs to be brought under control.”
It comes as Cameron called Nigeria and Afghanistan ‘fantastically corrupt’ countries
Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg told the Sun: “The Government has a duty of care with taxpayers’ money and it is not good enough saying we are naive.”