Senate to probe $400million polio fund
The Senate will soon commence probe of alleged misuse of over $400million donated by foreign agencies for the fight against polio in the country.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa (PDP, Abia North) who stated this in a press briefing said the Senate would conduct an open investigation into the alleged abuse of the donation. The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) based in Geneva had accused the country of mismanaging the funds donated for the fight against polio.
“We want to reassure all donors and partners of our resolve to ensure donor funds are also well spent and that they reach the masses that need them. Key funding agencies like Global Fund, GAVI and several others will be engaged by my committee to ensure mistakes of the past are avoided and that funds from these donors are used judiciously,” he said.
Ohuabunwa also disclosed that the committee was preparing to beam its searchlight on the recent disbursement of $1.5 million to the 36 states as first tranche of money under the Saving One Million Lives Program for Results (SOMLPforR).