22.9 C
Abuja

Global Fund accuses Nigeria of misappropriating $19.6m on shady COVID-19 contracts

Advertisement

Related

Advertisement
Advertisement

AUDIT by Global Fund has revealed that $19.6 million worth of COVID-19 procurement grants awarded to Nigeria was misappropriated through shady contract awards.

The audit published on the website of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, found that six out of nine procurement contracts issued to contractors failed to meet the eligibility requirements.

The Global Fund disbursed a total of $294 million in 2020 and 2021 to Nigeria to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.


READ ALSO:

How JUTH ignored procurement guidelines over N853 million COVID-19 fund

Ghebreyesus overcomes criticisms over Ebola, COVID-19, re-elected as WHO DG

UK cancels COVID-19 test for Nigerians, others

- Advertisement -

COVID-19: Nigeria records 51 new cases as NGOs seek end to vaccine monopoly


The Global Fund’s sanctions panel faulted the procurement evaluation process by the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA), one of its principal partners in Nigeria.

The audit stated that contractors failed to provide bank statements for $7.5 million worth of contracts, which account for 67 per cent awarded, despite it being a condition for contract awards.

Citing an incident, Global Fund revealed that two unregistered firms received contracts worth $3.5 million without bank guarantees.

Also, a joint venture was awarded two contracts worth $3.5 million without being legally registered, and without providing the bank/performance guarantee.

“In addition, eight of nine sampled vendors were awarded contracts amounting to $8.6 million despite not providing certified financial statements,” the audit report said.

The audit also found acute shortages of key drugs and suspicious discrepancies between inventory figures and actual stocks.

- Advertisement -

Eight of every nine contractors investigated in the audit received $8.6 million without having certified financial statements.

“The absence of key tender documents to assess vendor performance poses risks of suppliers not being able to execute contracts or deliver on time,” the audit report added

The audit also found that NACA’s evaluation process lacks technical and financial scoring criteria to assess the best-suited bidder beyond the set eligibility criteria.

“The main root cause is NACA’s insufficient capacity to manage the COVID-19 fund in addition to its other responsibilities.

“Grants managed by NACA have increased significantly, from $6 million to $320 million (and from one to three grants), without any accompanying increase in resources,” the audit stated.

The audit further revealed that Nigeria has spent 50 per cent of the $11.7 million approved to grant flexibilities funds and 57 per of the $59.7 million COVID-19 funds received in 2020.

Global Fund is a partnership designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, as well as epidemics.

- Advertisement -

It mobilises and invests more than $4 billion a year to support programmes run by local experts in more than 100 countries.

Author profile

Amos Abba is a journalist with the International Center for Investigative Reporting, ICIR, who believes that courageous investigative reporting is the key to social justice and accountability in the society.

Support the ICIR

We invite you to support us to continue the work we do.

Your support will strengthen journalism in Nigeria and help sustain our democracy.

[molongui_author_box]

If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation

Advertisement

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Support the ICIR

We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.

Advertisement

Recent

Buhari to confer national honours on Chimamanda Adichie, 436 others

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari will confer the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) national honour...

Nigeria will be safer before end of Buhari’s tenure – chief of staff

IBRAHIM Gambari, chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, has promised that Nigeria would...

Police arrest two for illegal possession of firearms in Lagos

THE Lagos State Police Command has arrested two persons for illegal possession of firearms...

El-Rufai condemns lynching of herders in Kaduna

KADUNA State governor Nasir El-Rufai has condemned the murder of two persons by a...

NDLEA arrests ex-footballer at Lagos airport for cocaine trafficking

THE National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says its operatives have arrested an ex-footballer,...
Advertisement

Most Read

Advertisement

Subscribe to our newsletter

Advertisement