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Corruption Alert: Over N2.67 Billion Meant To Feed Children During COVID-19 Lockdown In Nigeria Found In Individual Accounts



The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission(ICPC) has discovered some N2.67 billion fund meant for school feeding in private accounts.

This revealtion was made on Monday by the anti-graft agency at the Presidential Villa in Abuja during its second National Summit on Corruption.

According to reports, Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, said the money was meant to feed children in federal colleges in Nigeria during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Owasanoye said under Open Treasury Portal review carried out between January to August 15, 2020, out of 268 ministries, departments and agendas, 72 of them had cumulative infractions of N90m.

He added that while 33 MDAs tendered explanations that N4.1bn was transferred to sub-TSA, N4.2bn paid to individuals had no satisfactory explanations.

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The chairman of ICPC said it was discovered that over N2.5bn appropriated by a deceased senior civil servant in the Ministry of Agriculture for himself and accomplices.

Some 18 buildings, 12 business premises and 25 plots of land were also recovered in the same ministry while in the education sector, 78 MDAs were reviewed and common cases of misuse of funds were uncovered.

“We observed transfers to sub-TSA were to prevent disbursement from being monitored. Nevertheless, we discovered payments to some federal colleges for school feeding in the sum of N2.67bn during lockdown when the children are not in school, and some of the money ended up in personal accounts. We have commenced investigations into these findings,” he said.

SOURCE: AfricaCelebrities.Com