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Minister allegedly spent N45m on New Year party, N20m on sanitary pads while owing contractors N1.5bn

The House of Representatives has queried the Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye, for allegedly spending unrelated expenditures, including N45 million on a New Year party, and N20 million for sanitary pads.

Others include N1.5 million for fueling vehicle.

Chairman, House Committee on Women Affairs, Rep. Kafilat Ogbara, led the interrogation of the minister over the non-payment of N1.5 billion to contractors in spite of the fund release in Abuja.

She said that the investigative hearing was aimed at uncovering the truth and not witch-hunting the minister and other officials of the ministry.

The committee also investigated alleged diversion of funds meant for contractor’s payments, following a petition from contractors.

The committee also sought clarification on funds appropriated for the African First Ladies’ mission and the whereabouts of the N1.5 billion meant for contractor payments.

The minister, however, denied the allegations of misappropriation, overspending, and non-payment to contractors.

The procurement officer confirmed contractors’ claims, and the Director of Finance and Administration acknowledged only paying approved contracts.

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It would be recalled that the committee had, at its last sitting, summoned the minister to appear before it to explain the rationale behind the non-payment.

The committee also ordered the stoppage of all 2024 contract processes by the Ministry of Women Affairs until the whereabouts of the money for the said contracts are determined (NAN)

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