Reps Commence Probe Of Alleged COVID-19 Funds Fraud

On Wednesday, January 17, the House of Representatives will commence an investigative hearing into the alleged mismanagement of COVID-19 intervention funds spanning from 2020 to 2022.

The House Public Accounts Committee, chaired by Bamidele Salami, will conduct this series of hearings at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja, running from January 17 to January 26. Salami had earlier invited 59 Federal Government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, categorized into eight groups, to participate in the exercise.

These include entities like the Accountant-General of the Federation, Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, and various healthcare institutions and security agencies across the country.

In a statement issued  on Tuesday, House spokesman, Akin Rotimi, said each MDA “is to be represented by its Chief Executive Officer, Head of Finance, Head of Procurement and Officers that are conversant with the expenditures of the COVID-19 Intervention Funds.”

The committee during its hearing observed with great disdain the failure of some MDAs to honour its earlier publication and cause appearance before the committee, warning that “Failure to comply with this civil invitation may leave the Committee with no choice than to resolve the issues raised against your Office/Medical Institutions.”


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