EFCC set to pros­e­cute health donor fund loot­ers

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

The Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) will soon pros­e­cute those found to have mis­man­aged health donor funds.

The Min­is­ter of Health, Prof. Isaac Ade­wole, dis­closed this at the State House in Abuja yes­ter­day at a meet­ing Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari held with a del­e­ga­tion led by the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Gavi and The Global Fund, Dr. Seth Berkley.

The min­is­ter was re­spond­ing to con­cerns raised by Berkley over the way donor funds for health care were utilised in the past.

Ade­wole said the EFCC had al­ready ques­tioned those in­dicted in the au­dit re­port of the donor funds done be­tween 2010 and 2015.

The min­is­ter, who said those in­dicted would soon be ar­raigned in court, nei­ther named them nor dis­closed the spe­cific amounts in­volved.

Ear­lier, Berkley had noted that Gavi and The Global Funds were dis­ap­pointed when a foren­sic au­dit re­vealed sys­temic weak­nesses and cor­rup­tion in the util­i­sa­tion of funds given in the past.

He, how­ever, as­sured that they were will­ing to “close the books of the past, and look into fu­ture sup­port”, as “there is now a breath of fresh air un­der Pres­i­dent Buhari’s lead­er­ship and fight against cor­rup­tion.”

Berkley de­scribed the three fo­cal points of the Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion; se­cu­rity, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and an­ti­cor­rup­tion as crit­i­cal to the fu­ture of Nige­ria.

Pres­i­dent Buhari said his ad­min­is­tra­tion was mak­ing gen­uine ef­forts to­wards cor­rect­ing the na­tion’s lapses.

The pres­i­dent also said his govern­ment was very se­ri­ous “about peo­ple be­hav­ing them­selves and be­ing ac­count­able.”

He said he was im­pressed with the pa­tience and stead­fast­ness of lead­ing sup­port­ers of health care in the coun­try de­spite the na­tion’s short­com­ings.

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