House Of Reps Moves To Restrict Public Officials From Using Public Funds For Medical Trips

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A Bill for an Act seeking to sanction public officer from seeking medical help abroad with public fund has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.

The House also placed N500 million fine and seven years imprisonment for any public official who violated the Act.

Rep Sergius Ogun (PDP-Edo) who sponsored the Bill, while leading the debate on the floor of the House on Wednesday in Abuja said the Bill would positively impact on the lives and wellbeing of the people.

He said that the objective of the bill is to amend the principal Act so as to make provision for sanctions against any public officer who violates the provisions of the Act, especially section 46 of the Act.

He said that the Act forbid that any public officer should seek medical check up abroad except on recommendation which must be approved by the Minister or commissioner of Health.

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