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Corruption allegations: Tinubu’s minister drags House of Reps committee chair to court over defamation

The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy Ohanenye, has dragged the House of Representatives committee chair, Kafilat Ogbara to court over an allegation of corruption in her Ministry.

TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports that the House Committee and the minister engaged in a heated argument during a panel hearing in which the committee alleged misappropriation, overspending, and non-payment to contractors in the Women Affairs Ministry. 

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The committee said it is investigating the alleged diversion of N1.5 billion earmarked for the payment of contractors, including N45 million for a New Year party, N20 million for sanitary pads, and N1.5 million for vehicle fuel, all which Ohanenye denied. 

Clarifying the reports on Thursday, the women minister, via a statement on X,  emphasizes her unwavering commitment to transparency and accountability. She asserts that all program and project payments are meticulously authorized, following established civil service regulations.

She further maintained that supporting documents to susbstantiate the accuracy of all financial transactions involving the Director of Finance and Accounts, with final assent by the Permanent Secretary, the Ministry’s accounting officer, has been presented. 

She stated that a lawsuit with case no (Suit No.E 500/2024) has been filed against Hon. Kafilat Ogbara for libel and defamation. 

She nugded the committe to present any evidence or proof of alleged misappropriation in the court of law, after which reiterated her commiment to collaborating with the Federal Lawmakers and addressing the pressing needs of Nigerian women and children.

In her wordsAs far as I am the Minister of Women Affairs, I will continue to use the Resources judiciously for the benefits of Nigerian Women and Children; there will be no room for Financial Recklessness, Misappropriation of Resources and every Training will be backed up with Sustainable Empowerment”.