In a sudden development, President Tinubu has taken decisive action by suspending Dr. Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, with immediate effect.
President Tinubu has directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to launch a comprehensive investigation into the financial transactions of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, along with its associated agencies.
This swift move signals a commitment to transparency and accountability within the government. The President’s call for a thorough inquiry underscores the seriousness of the matter, emphasizing the need for a detailed examination of all financial dealings within the ministry.
As the nation awaits the outcome of the investigation, this development highlights the administration’s dedication to upholding the principles of good governance and ensuring that public officeholders are held accountable for their actions. The President’s directive aims to address immediate concerns and establish a framework for maintaining integrity and transparency in government operations.
With the involvement of the EFCC, there is an added layer of scrutiny to the financial transactions, emphasizing the importance of a meticulous examination to uncover any irregularities or potential misconduct. The President’s actions reflect the government’s commitment to addressing financial impropriety and fostering a culture of accountability.
PRESIDENT TINUBU SUSPENDS MINISTER OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS AND POVERTY ALLEVIATION FROM OFFICE
In line with his avowed commitment to uphold the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and accountability in the management of the commonwealth of Nigerians, President Bola Tinubu suspends the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, from office with immediate effect.
The President further directs the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to conduct a thorough investigation into all aspects of the financial transactions involving the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, as well as one or more agencies thereunder.
The suspended Minister is hereby directed to hand over to the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, and 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.
These directives of the President take immediate effect.
Chief Ajuri Ngelale
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
January 8, 2024