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Reps to probe FG’s N62bn for HIV control

The House Committee on HIV/AIDS, Tuberclosis, Leprosy and Malaria has vowed to investigate the utilisation and impact of the N62 billion federal government intervention funds…

The House Committee on HIV/AIDS, Tuberclosis, Leprosy and Malaria has vowed to investigate the utilisation and impact of the N62 billion federal government intervention funds and other donor funds by Global Funds invested in the HIV/AIDS control programme during the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Chairman of the committee, Amobi Ogah, said this on Thursday when he led his members on an oversight visit to some agencies in Abuja.

He however expressed optimism in the progress being made in the fight against HIV/AIDS by the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) led by the Director-General, Dr Aliyu Gambo.

Members of the committee expressed concerns over the statistics compiled by the agency on the prevalence of the HIV/AIDS in the states of the federation and asked the agency to do more sensitization on the scourge of the disease in all the rural communities.

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The data presented on the National HIV/AIDS Impact Survey conducted by NACA showed that in most states of the federation, two out of 10 and 3 of out of 15 persons sampled and tested had contracted the HIV/AIDS.

The House Committee which pledged its support to NACA disease control programmes, however, expressed disappointment over the absence of the National Coordinators of National Malaria Control Programme and the National Tuberclosis and Leprosy Control Programmes (NTLCP) during the oversight despite being duly informed.

The committee chairman who was furious over the absence of the chief executive officers who were represented by their staff members, said the CEOs’ actions showed that they had disdain for the National Assembly.

He added that rather than the politicians, the caliber of heads of government agencies and institutions constitutedp the major problem of the nation.

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