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Indicted officials in the Global Fund audit scam to be arraigned in court soon

The Federal Government, on Thursday, disclosed that those indicted in the forensic audit of the donor funds between 2010 and 2015 would soon be arraigned in court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, made the disclosure when President Muhammadu Buhari received a team led by Dr. Seth Berkley, Chief Executive Officer of Gavi and The Global Fund in State House, Abuja.

Adewole said that though those indicted in the audit, which was done between 2010 and 2015, had already been questioned by the EFCC, they culprits would be arraigned in court soon.

President Buhari, however, assured that lapses that have characterised Nigeria as a nation would be corrected.

President Buhari, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said he was impressed with the patience and steadfastness of leading supporters of health care in Nigeria,

“Despite our shortcomings as a nation, we are making genuine efforts to correct the lapses. We are very serious about people behaving themselves, and being accountable.

“We thank you for deciding to re-engage with us, despite our inefficiencies. You decided to be here, not minding our shortcomings. There are other countries that would bring less problems. We appreciate your commitment, and we will do our best to put ourselves in the best shape to help us,” the President said.

Dr Berkley, who noted that the three focal points of the Buhari administration; security, economic development, and anti-corruption were critical to the future of Nigeria, had raised issues over the way donor funds for health care were utilised in the past.

He said Gavi and the Global Fund were disappointed when forensic audit revealed systemic weaknesses and corruption in the utilisation  of funds given in the past, adding that there is now a “breath of fresh air”  under President Buhari’s  leadership and fight against corruption and they were willing to “close the books of the past, and look into future support.”