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COVID-19: Reps launch probe of MDAs over ‘mismanaged’ funds

The Public Accounts Committee of the House of Representatives has begun a full-scale investigation into the alleged mismanagement of COVID-19 intervention funds from 2020 to…

The Public Accounts Committee of the House of Representatives has begun a full-scale investigation into the alleged mismanagement of COVID-19 intervention funds from 2020 to 2023.

The investigation was launched on Monday after an invitation sent to the MDAs involved.

The committee is probing over 60 MDAs over multi-billion intervention funds allocated to them during COVID-19.

Speaking during the sitting, the chairman of the committee, Bamidele Salam (PDP, Osun), warned that they would not entertain delay tactics from Ministries Departments and Agencies by way of asking for an extension of time.

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He said, “The committee is probing over 60 MDAs over several billions of naira intervention funds allocated to them during the COVID-19 and we have given them enough time to prepare for this exercise. The committee will not entertain any extension of time from any of the MDAs. The committee is not after any individual or groups; we are going to be diligent in carrying out our assignment.”

The committee urged the Accountant General of the Federation to provide all relevant and competent personnel to provide the needed information that will facilitate the smooth flow of the investigation.

Some of the MDAs that appeared before the committee on Monday included Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital Bauchi, Federal Ministry of Communication, Innovation and Digital Economy, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Federal Road Maintenance Agency FERMA and others.

 

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