The Chairman of, the Senate Public Accounts Committee, Matthew Urhoghide, has expressed disappointment over the inability of the permanent secretary of the ministry and other officials to account for over N5.7 billion in donor funds.
This reportedly led to the anxious donor agencies withholding further assistance, following unsatisfactory reports from the ministry over poor accountability and transparency.
Reports also have it that at least four invitations were sent to the ministry, which was not honoured. The revelation came on the heels of a 2016 Auditor General’s Report under consideration.
The chairman, Matthew Urhoghide while reacting to the inability of the ministry to account for the money, said the committee is left with no other option but to issue a warrant of arrest of the officials.
He said: “The Ministry of Health has consistently refused to come and give an account before this committee.”
Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), is an international body that brings together public and private sector players to create equal access to new and under-used vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries.
The query reads: “Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, accused the 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 lay 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.”