OrderPaperToday – The spokesperson of the Independent Corrupt and other related Practices Commission (ICPC), Rasheedat Okoduwa, has promised that the agency will investigate an alleged diversion of N300 million released for Zamfara Central health sector constituency project.
Youths from Zamfara state under the aegis of Health, Safety and Environment Charity Initiative, on Monday, protested in front of the headquarters of the ICPC office in Abuja.
The leader of the group, Aminu Ahmad, during the protest, said the funds were meant for the procurement of health care facilities at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Gusau, Zamfara state initiated as constituency project by Senator Kabiru Marafa in 2013.
Marafa had equally raised similar issue on the 21st of May when the immediate past Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole appeared before the Senate to brief the chamber about the dwindling state of teaching hospitals.
Adewole appealed that the matter be “buried” and promised to get the equipment for the facility.
However, Ahmad while submitting a petition at the ICPC office, told journalists that the money was released by the Federal Ministry of Finance since 2013 from documents available to them and nothing had been done.
“We are very surprised to discover that the project was not executed in Federal Medical Centre, Gusau despite the release of the N300 million to the Federal Ministry of Health.
“From available records we have, the former Minister of Health that served from 2011 to 2014, in connivance with the former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health had diverted the money,” he said.
In the petition attached with copies of documents from the Federal Ministry of Finance confirming the release of the funds, the group sought the agency’s assistance to probe the circumstances surrounding the diversion of the funds.
Responding, Okoduwa said: “Now that you have submitted the petition, we assure you that we shall look into it; any offence anybody commit or had committed since the establishment of ICPC and the passing of the law in 2000.
“Any offence of corruption committed falls under the purview of the ICPC and would be investigated.”