THE Federal Government has ordered an investigation into the report by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission that the N2.67billion meal subsidy for 104 unity schools, was allegedly found in private accounts.
Director of Press and Public Relations in Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, made the announcement in Abuja yesterday in a statement titled: ‘ICPC, Education Ministry to collaborate on Unity Schools’ investigation.’
According to Goong, the investigation is to establish the veracity of the claims to ensure that there is no diversion of public funds or misappropriation of same.
“Following the report of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission that the sum of N2.67billion released to the 104 Unity Colleges during the COVID-19 lockdown for meal subsidies found its way into individual accounts, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has ordered a full-scale investigation into the matter. In response to queries issued by the Federal Ministry of Education, the principals explained that payments on meal subsidies to Unity Colleges on the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System platform are designed to accommodate individual officers of those colleges who are officially recognised to receive such payments and disburse same to food vendors. This followed difficulties encountered by farmers, local food vendors and market women who do not have Tax Identification Numbers, PenCom and other requirements to access the payment platform,” the statement reads in part.