ICPC Uncovers N2.67Bn Meant For School Feeding Programme In Private Account

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ICPC Uncovers N2.67Bn Meant For School Feeding Programme In Private Account - Vantage News Nigeria
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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), says the agency has discovered N2.67 billion meant for the school feeeding programme in a private account.

ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, disclosed this at the second National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector, organised in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary General of the Federation, on Monday, In Abuja.

The National Ethics and Integrity Policy was also launched at the summit that was themed ‘Together against corruption’.

Owasanoye also revealed that the ICPC recovered 18 buildings, 12 business premises, and 25 plots of land in the ministry of agriculture, including the sum of over N2.5bn diverted by a deceased worker with the ministry.

He also disclosed that under the Open Treasury Portal review carried out between January and August 15, 2020, the ICPC discovered that N4.2 billion paid to individuals by 33 ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) had no meaningful explanations.

The ICPC Chairman also said that 72 out of 268 MDAs had cumulative infractions of N90m in the period under review.

He however explained that 33 MDAs transferred N4.1bn to sub-Treasury Single Account.

Owasanoye, who observed that transfers to sub-TSA were to prevent disbursement from being monitored, noted that the ICPC still managed to make the discoveries.

Under its 2020 constituency and executive projects tracking initiative, he said the ICPC tracked 722 projects with a threshold of N100m (490 ZIP and 232 executive) across 16 states – a move he said compelled 59 contractors to return to sites.

He added that the ICPC intervention charged the individuals handling the projects worth N2.25 billion to resume work having abandoned them.

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