In the aftermath of Minister Betta Edu’s suspension, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Abel Olumuyiwa Enitan, has taken charge of the ministry’s affairs.
President Bola Tinubu issued the directive for Edu’s suspension on Monday, citing her alleged involvement in a N585 million fraud, where public funds were purportedly funneled into private accounts.
Following this, Enitan officially assumed responsibility for the ministry after receiving a letter to that effect from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on Monday night.
Recall that Tinubu, through his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, had ordered the suspended minister to “hand over to the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation”.
“She is further directed by the President to fully cooperate with the investigating authorities as they conduct their investigation.
“Furthermore, the President has tasked a panel that is headed by the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance to, among other functions, conduct a comprehensive diagnostic on the financial architecture and framework of the social investment programmes.
“With a view to conclusively reforming the relevant institutions and programmes in a determined bid to eliminate all institutional frailties for the exclusive benefit of disadvantaged households and win back lost public confidence in the initiative,” Ngelale had said in a statement.