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COVID-19 Funds: Reps Give AGF 72 Hours To Talk How N100bn Spent

The Accountant General of the Federation, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Madein, has been given a 72-hour ultimatum by the House of Representatives to provide a comprehensive report on how the N100 billion in COVID-19 intervention funds that were released to Ministries, Departments, and Agencies between 2020 and 2022 were used by the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts, Bamidele Salam (PDP-Osun), who issued the notice in Abuja, frowned upon the AGF’s refusal to comply with the resolution of the Committee to submit the report on October 27, 2023.

Salam clarified that the House had ordered the Committee to look into the “expenditure incurred under the COVID-19 interventions, especially in the year 2020 and up to 2022” as she read the Riot Act against the AGF.

“Details of all releases made by the provisions of the Appropriations Act as well as other interventions captured by the released from the Central Bank of Nigeria to different Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of Government,” he stated in a letter to the Accountant General.

Therefore, we are sending you back home to inform the accountant general that she has failed to comply with the committee’s request. We instructed her to notify this committee by the 27th at the latest if there were any legitimate reasons she couldn’t make the deadline, to request an extension.

For this reason, he gave the AGF instructions to send the report by Friday, November 3, 2023, at the latest, before the end of today’s work

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