Federal Government investigates states and agencies over diversion of COVID-19 funds

Federal Government investigates states and agencies over diversion of COVID-19 funds

Federal Government investigates states and agencies over diversion of COVID-19 fund

The Federal Government of Nigeria has began investigation on states and agencies over diversion of COVID-19 funds. The anti-graft agency, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, and the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation have begun investigation and audit of state governments, agencies and personnel, who spent the COVID-19 funds from the government and private individuals.

The OAGF said the internal audit procedures would apply to all transactions relating to the COVID-19 Funds and reports would be forwarded to its Audit Monitoring Department.

The AGF, Ahmed Idris, added that any ministry, department or agency that contravened the guideline would be sanctioned and the names of such MDA and its principal officers would be made public as a “measure of transparency.”

They stated these during a virtual meeting of stakeholders on the COVID-19 Funds Management and Monitoring.

The virtual meeting was organised by the ICPC on Thursday in Abuja and the OAGF presentation was obtained by our correspondent on Friday.

Meanwhile, the ICPC noted that it was investigating alleged cases of corruption in the management of COVID-19 funds and palliatives, including some state governments in the country.

On its own part, the ICPC said it was investigating alleged cases of corruption in the management of COVID-19 funds and palliatives.

The ICPC Director of Operations, Mr Akeem Lawal, stated this in his presentation titled, ‘ICPC Monitoring Obligation and Strategy Re: COVID-19 Emergency.’

Lawal, who did not mention names or states, added that there was also a case of diversion of COVID-19 logistics and contingency emergency fund into a personal account.