The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has uncovered N2.67bn school feeding programme fund paid into private accounts.
ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, made the disclosure Monday in his keynote address at the second National Summit on Diminishing Corruption with the theme: “Together Against Corruption and Launch of the National Ethics and Integrity Policy,” held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He explained that in the Open Treasury Portal review carried out between January to August 15, 2020, out of 268 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), 72 of them had cumulative infractions of N90 million.
He said while 33 MDAs tendered explanations that N4.1 billion was transferred to sub-TSA, N4.2 billion paid to individuals had no satisfactory explanations.
“We observed that transfers to sub-TSA was to prevent disbursement from being monitored.
“Nevertheless, we discovered payments to some federal colleges for school feeding in the sum of N2.67 billion during lockdown when the children are not in school, and some of the money ended up in personal accounts. We have commenced investigations into these findings,” he said.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, had in May disclosed plans to feed schoolchildren despite the lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.