I'm aware people became billionaires out of COVID-19 proceeds, federal lawmaker alleges
- Allegations of corruption have been raised regarding how funds earmarked for COVID-19 in the country are being spent
- A federal lawmaker, Uzoma Nkem-Abonta, alleged that some people became billionaires from the misappropriation of the funds
- Nkem-Abonta's allegation comes amid House of Reps' decision to probe how the billions of naira budgeted for the COVID-19 response was spent
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Honourable Uzoma Nkem-Abonta, the lawmaker representing Ukwa East and Ukwa West federal constituency of Abia state, has raised allegations of corruption regarding COVID-19 funds.
Channels TV reports that the lawmaker claimed that funds earmarked to address the coronavirus pandemic are being misappropriated.
Legit.ng notes that Nkem-Abonta made the allegation amid the House of Representative's commencement of a probe into how N83.9 billion appropriated for the response to COVID-19 in the 2020 Appropriation Act was spent.
The lawmaker described the probe as a welcomed development, noting that it will be difficult for Nigerians to believe COVID-19 is real when funds meant to check its spread are being stolen.
He added that COVID-19 had become a massive business in Nigeria, saying billions of naira have been announced as funds spent on addressing the COVID-19 challenges, but no one can explain how the money was spent.
"I am aware that people became billionaires out of Covid proceeds, out of Covid transactions. You saw what happened during the palliatives scandal and scramble. So it’s a whole chain going on and I pray that control should be put to it."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health, said the federal government is expecting 15 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in February.
He disclosed this during the media briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja, on Monday, February 1.
Speaking on the source of the vaccine, he said the African Union allocated over 41 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Nigeria, and of the total, 15 million doses facilitated through COVAX will arrive in February