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State Official Diverts Million Of Dollars Allocated For School Feeding Program Into Personal Account.

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State Official Diverts Million Of Dollars Allocated For School Feeding Program Into Personal Account. 1

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC has revealed that the commission has found the sum 2.67 billion naira($ 6,936,174) allocated for the feeding of primary school pupils in personal accounts.

This development was disclosed by the Chairman of ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, on Monday, September 28 while he was giving a keynote address at the second National Summit on Diminishing Corruption with tagged: “Together Against Corruption and the launch of the National Ethics and Integrity Policy”.

The summit which held at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Owasanoye further revealed that about 2.5 billion naira was discovered in the personal account of a deceased senior civil servant in the Ministry of Agriculture and his cronies.

He added that assets were also seized from the ministry of agriculture, they include; 25 plots of land,18 buildings and 12 business premises.

The ICPC boss also revealed that the Open Treasury Portal review that was carried out between January to August15, 2020 revealed that 72 out of the 268 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), had cumulative infractions worth 90 million naira.

He stated that only 33 of the MDAs stated that about 4.1 billion was transferred to sub-TSA, but the 4.2 billion naira that was allegedly paid to individuals was not properly accounted for.

He said;

“We observed that transfers to sub-TSA was to prevent disbursement from being monitored. Nevertheless, we discovered payments to some federal colleges for school feeding in the sum of N2.67 billion 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 finding.”

Owasanoye also added that several  uncompleted projects in the like of buildings owned and abandoned by legislators in the implementing MDAs were also recovered, he added that these buildings were funded by the legislators through other companies and persons to avoid suspicion.

Although names of the offending legislators have not been released, Nigerian are calling for justice all around social media.

 

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