THE Minister for State and Budget Planning, Mr. Clem Agba, has disclosed that the federal government will probe the implementation of the COVID-19 pandemic funds extended to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, UPTH.
The minister, who spoke to newsmen while inspecting the facility purportedly raised for the purpose in order to ascertain the extent to which the said funds were deployed for the purpose, noted that there is nothing on ground to justify what the institution received.
“We have released N950m naira to build molecular laboratories in each of the 252 centres across the country for the testing and treatments of the COVID-19 pandemic patients along side other protective machines and equipments that should have been bought.
Agba made the declaration to newsmen in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital as part of the government’s efforts to ensure that Nigerians who ought to benefit from the exercise are not shortchanged by those at the helm of affairs.
“With what you’re showing me I’m disappointed. If it’s not part of it then don’t bring me here. There’s nothing showing any form of renovation with what you’re showing me.
“How do you have a new building and bring old things to put inside?
Apparently disappointed with what was presented by the institution, the minister threatened to invite the office of the auditor-General of the federation to fact check available records, adding that he would not hesitate to invite both the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Crimes Commission, ICPC, to look into its books if there us any such need.
“First from whats I’m seeing, I will invite the Auditor-General of the Federation to examine what has been done here. If it needs bring in the ICPC or EFCC for proper investigation will we do so, because I’m seriously disappointed with what I’m seeing.
“I don’t see any of our money being spent anywhere here because there’s no intervention here at all“, Agba said.