House of Reps Sets 3-Day Deadline for AGF to Clarify N100 Billion COVID-19 Funds Usage
By Adeke Chukwuka
The House of Representatives has given a 72-hour ultimatum to the Accountant General of the Federation, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Madein, demanding a detailed report on the utilization of the N100 billion COVID-19 intervention funds allocated by the former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to Ministries, Departments, and Agencies between 2020 and 2022.
The notice was issued by Bamidele Salam (PDP-Osun), Chairman of the House Committee on Public Accounts, in Abuja. Salam expressed disappointment over the AGF’s failure to comply with the Committee’s resolution to submit the report by October 27, 2023.
The House Committee on Public Accounts, led by Chairman Bamidele Salam, has warned the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) to comply with their investigation into COVID-19 intervention fund expenditures from 2020 to 2022.
A letter requesting details of releases was sent to the AGF, with a deadline of October 27, 2023. However, the AGF has not responded. Salam instructed the AGF to submit the required report by Friday, November 3, 2023, and emphasized the importance of this document for their inquiry.
The House of Representatives passed a resolution to investigate the alleged mismanagement of COVID-19 intervention funds allocated by the Federal Government to Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) between 2020 and 2022.
The motion, titled ‘Alleged mismanagement of COVID-19 intervention funds from 2020 to 2022’, highlighted the global economic disruptions caused by the pandemic, leading to various government measures and funding from international donor agencies.
Despite these initiatives, concerns were raised regarding the diversion and lack of proper accountability of significant funds meant for COVID-19 palliatives and international donations. The House emphasized the importance of investigating these issues to prevent negative economic consequences and the loss of opportunities for Nigeria.
During his contribution, Ahmed Jaha praised the intent behind the motion but expressed regret over the substantial amount spent on combating COVID-19 in Nigeria, emphasizing its potential for significant impact at the local government level.
He raised concerns about the mismanagement and diversion of funds intended for pandemic-related purposes. Jaha urged the House to conduct a comprehensive investigation into this matter.
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