The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission has found N2.67bn covid-19 funds targeted for school feeding programmes diverted to personal accounts.
Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, Chairman of the commission made the revelations on Monday during it’s second National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector tagged ‘Together against corruption’ at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Owasanoye stated that the money was meant to feed children in federal colleges around the country during the COVID-19 lockdown.
He added that the commission also uncovered over N2.5bn stolen by a deceased worker with the ministry of agriculture, “In the same ministry 18 buildings, 12 business premises and 25 plots of land, were also recovered” he said.
Chairman of the commission, Owasanoye also stated that under Open Treasury Portal review carried out between January to August 15, 2020, 72 ministries out of 268, departments and agencies had cumulative infractions of N90m.
He said, while 33 MDAs explained that N4.1bn was transferred to sub-TSA, N4.2bn paid to individuals had no satisfactory explanations.
He added, “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.”
The ICPC boss Prof Bolaji Owasanoye further said under its 2020 constituency and executive projects tracking initiative, 722 projects with a threshold of N100m (490 ZIP and 232 executive) were tracked across 16 states.
Information gather by villa updates discovered that similar cases of misuse of public funds by 78 MDAs under the education sector were reviewed and also uncovered.
While President Buhari has continued to reiterate this regime commitment to eradicate corruption in the country. ” if corruption was not eradicated, the menace would kill the country,” he said