ICPC To Investigate MDAs Over COVID-19 Intervention Funds, Procurement Infractions

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Some Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government are to be investigated by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for breaches and infractions of the law regarding COVID-19 intervention funds guidelines and other procurement abuses.

The Chairman of the ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, SAN, made this disclosure at the 2022 African Union Anti-Corruption Day which was declared open by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja.

The 2022 African Union Anti-Corruption Day has as theme “Strategies and Mechanisms for the Transparent Management of COVID-19 FUNDS.

The ICPC boss stated in his remarks that the Commission had observed discrepancies and infractions in the procurement and payments made by some ministries and agencies after the released and appropriate disbursement of COVID-19 funds.”

He said the Commission, also observed that in some instances the distribution of relief materials or palliatives was chaotic, disorderly and uncoordinated.

He said These MDAs are flagged and will be investigated for breaches and infractions of the law and COVID-19 intervention funds guidelines and other procurement abuses.

Reports, according to the ICPC Chairman, also showed selective distribution, favouritism, nepotism and other biases in the allocation and distribution of relief material or palliatives as well as the highjacking of palliatives by political actors, their proxies, cronies, and affiliates.

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