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Nigeria’s Health Minister, Permanent Secretary in $300m fraud scandal

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Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Prof. Mohammed Pate and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Daju S. Kachollom are currently entangled in the web of a $300 million fraud.
The fund was set for the country’s fight against malaria.

 

 

Daju Kachollom

The duo have snubbed several summons by the country’s House of Representatives.
The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Malaria, HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis, Hon. Amobi Ogah, frowned at the absence of the Permanent Secretary of the ministry at the resumed sitting of the committee on Tuesday.
“The Committee has resolved that the Permanent Secretary be arrested if she failed to honour the summons, having failed to appear three times.
“Malaria is now an epidemic in Nigeria. The government has always wanted to help the people but most times the civil servants are our problem.
“This money has been made available since 2021. We have been inviting the Permanent Secretary. This is the third time we are inviting her to come and explain to us what has happened.
“Have they used the money? If they have not used the money, where is the money? It is a matter of simple explanation. But they have been running away, calling all manner of people to talk to us,” he said.

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