A group under the auspices of Northern People Congress NPC, has tackled FCT Minister Mallam Muhammadu Musa Bello Over claim that N28.5 billion was spent on COVID-19 response in the territory.
Dr. Yahuza Getso, who called for immediate investigation and findings on how the FCTA Administration under the Minister’s watch spends such huge amount of money without any measurable results, neither transparency and accountability. Dr Getso submitted that there must be a review of the way the N28.49 billion as claimed to have been spent by Departments and Agencies (SDAs) of the Federal Government and FCT was handled during the lockdown, and even the States especially the distributions of palliative and other relief materials, Nigerians will no longer tolerate such embezzlements and abuse of privileges he added.
The NPC further argued that those who ought to be beneficiaries are partly left out because of the ministry’s failure to administer open door policy and accountability.
“We need a total review of the distribution of relief packages during the coronavirus lockdown in FCT and all other States of the Federation.
“We want to tell you that the majority of the needy once those who are supposed to have benefit had no access to the as claimed by the FCT Minister.
“We want the Minister and all the governors of the Federation especially Northern Governors to explain more on how funds were spent to establish isolation/treatment centers, procure process, and t Personal Protective Equipment (PPE’s), provision of medication and medicaments, cater to frontline health workers and the provision of palliatives for distribution to the vulnerable members of the society.
“On 30th of December 2020 the FCT Administration announced that before school’s resumption on the 18the of January they would embark on a fumigation of schools, and the question we continue to ask here is how much was spent in the last fumigation exercise carried out by the FCT Administration and how much is being budgeted for the fumigation exercise they want to carry out?
“We saw that the FCT Administration was not able to solve the challenges of the most ordinary and most vulnerable person in Abuja, during the lockdown” Dr. Yahuza Getso said.