The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has set up a fund monitoring team with the mandate to ensure there is no abuse in the management Covid-19 funds.
It would be recalled that well-meaning individuals, corporate organisations and religious bodies have donated money worth billions of naria to support the fight against Covid-19 in Nigeria.
In statement signed by its Spokesperson, Mrs. Rasheedat A. Okoduwa, the ICPC said that the monitoring team will deploy appropriate strategy to prevent incidences of corruption in the management of the funds.
The statement reads: “The ICPC in the execution of its preventive mandate in Section 6 (b)-(d) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, has set up an independent COVID-19 Funds Monitoring Team charged with the prevention of possible financial abuses that may arise in the management of the Covid-19 special intervention funds.
“The Team will monitor the disbursement and utilisation of the funds, donations and other receipts mobilised towards combating the outbreak of the Coronavirus in the country.
“The Team will deploy appropriate strategy to prevent incidences of corruption that may have negative impact on the efforts of government to deal effectively with the pandemic and its work will complement the efforts of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 with regard to transparency and accountability in the management of the funds.
“While the Commission salutes all those in the frontline of battling the outbreak and everyone facilitating the national effort behind the scene, it hereby reiterates its earlier advisory to all actors in the management chain of the COVID-19 response to steer clear of all unethical and corrupt acts that could result in criminal investigation and consequences.”