How Federal Ministry Of Health Mismanaged N5.7Bn Donor Funds —Senate


The mismanagement of over N5.7 billion donor funds by the ministry of Health has led to donor organizations withholding their support or assistance to the ministry and by extension the country, the  Senate has alleged.

Matthew Urhoghide, Chairman, Senate Public Accounts Committee, expressed dissatisfaction over failure of the permanent secretary of the ministry and other officials to account for the funds.

The committee according to sources in the Senate got to know about this situation while looking through the 2016 Auditor General’s Report under consideration.

He said: “The Ministry of Health has consistently refused to come and give an account before this committee.”

The chairman said: “Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, accused National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) of mismanagement of funds released by the organisation and invited my office to observe the appointment of an audit firm to carry out extended cash programme audit of GAVI funds released to NPHCDA from 2010 to 2015.

“Non-adherence to laid down procedures stipulated in Public Procurement Act 2007 in the procurement of goods, services and works valued at N4,987,958,621.00.”

“Expenditures made by the NPHCDA between January 1, 2010 and March 31, 2015 amounted to N8,599,291,949.00, out of which N187,725,160.00 was not supported with relevant statutory and third party documents, such as payment vouchers, receipts, invoices, delivery notes, store receipt vouchers, contract completion certificates, etc.

“The sum of N18,804,865.00 was also reported to be ineligible expenditures, as it comprised payments to suppliers who did not deliver the procured goods or services as per contract.

“Inadequately supported expenditure amounted to N619,999,383.00. This was mostly attributed to photocopied documents, inconsistencies in supporting documents, lack of contracts with suppliers and lack of evidence of delivery for procured goods.”

Four invitations were sent to the ministry by the Senate but which were not honoured. The ministry has consistently refused to give account

Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), an international body brings together public and private sector players and creates equal access to new and under-used vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries.

The revelation came on the heels of a 2016 Auditor General’s Report under consideration.

The chairman, while reacting to the failure of the ministry to account for the money, said the committee is left with no other option but to issue a warrant for the officials’ arrest.

He said: “The Ministry of Health has consistently refused to come and give account before this committee.”


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