Reps Give AGF 72-Hour Ultimatum To Account For N100bn COVID-19 Intervention Funds

Reps Give AGF 72-Hour Ultimatum To Account For N100bn COVID-19 Intervention Funds

  • The House of Representatives has given the AGF, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Madein, 72 hours to account for N100bn COVID-19 intervention funds
  • House Committee on Public Accounts accused the AGF of refusing to comply with the Committee’s resolution to submit the report on October 27th
  • The report is meant to cover “expenditure incurred under the COVID-19 interventions especially in the year 2020 and up to 2022. journalist Adekunle Dada has over 5-year-experience covering metro and government policy

FCT, Abuja - The Accountant General of the Federation, Mrs Oluwatoyin Madein has been given a 72-hour ultimatum to submit a detailed report on the utilisation of the N100 billion COVID-19 intervention funds.

The funds were released by former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to Ministries, Departments and Agencies between 2020 and 2022.

House of Reps gives Accountant General 72-hour ultimatum to present report on N100bn COVID-19 intervention funds
AGF issued 72-Hour ultimatum to Account for N100bn COVID-19 intervention funds Photo Credits: House of Reps/@Imranmuhdz
Source: UGC

As reported by Vanguard, Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts, Hon. Bamidele Salam (PDP-Osun) disclosed that the House of Representatives had mandated the Committee to investigate the “expenditure incurred under the COVID-19 interventions especially in the year 2020 and up to 2022.

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Hon. Salam said the ultimatum followed the failure of the AGF to comply with the resolution of the committee to submit the report on October 27, 2023, Daily Trust reported.

‘So, we are sending you now to go back home and let the accountant general know that she has defaulted in the request of the committee. We said on or before the 27th if there are any objective reasons why she couldn’t meet up with that date, she should communicate to this committee to ask for an extension of time.
“To this end, he directed the AGF to transmit the report before the close of work on Friday, 3rd November 2023.”

The House resolution was passed sequel to the adoption of a motion on the ‘Alleged mismanagement of COVID-19 intervention funds from 2020 to 2022’,

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Meanwhile, reported that the lawmaker representing Apa/Agatu federal constituency, Godday Samuel, was dragged to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) for alleged COVID-19 loan kickbacks.

Joined in the petition seen by were Ekah Benard Musa, Ogweje Usman Ngbede (Victor) and several others who are said to be his aides.

The petition, which was written to the anti-graft agencies by Barrister James Hope of Choicevine Legal & Consulting, on behalf of Sunday Philip and Ehoche J. Ehoche, accused Godday and the others of mismanagement, extortion, criminal conspiracy, misrepresentation and illegal diversion of COVID-19 intervention funds.

COVID-19 contractors block FCT minister’s office also reported that the office of Mohammed Musa Bello, the then minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was blocked by contractors who supplied COVID-19 equipment to the FCTA

It was gathered by that the protesters are seeking payment of the money the FCTA owed them for the supply of this equipment. Further revelations of the report revealed that these contractors have been owed since 2019 as they are yet to be paid their balance for service rendered.


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