Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, has rejected the N585 million fraud accusation against her, calling it a petty and spiteful attempt by nefarious individuals to damage her ministry’s standing and undermine its anti-corruption initiatives. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>
The minister responded to criticism by posting a statement on her Facebook page on Saturday. On Friday, she was the target of intense criticism after it was revealed that she had given Oluwatoyin Madein, the Accountant-General of the Federation, instructions to transfer N585 million to Oniyelu Bridget’s private account. Bridget was allegedly the Project Accountant for Grants for Vulnerable Groups.
The controversial payment order was dated December 20, 2023.
According to Punch, the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation had defended the payment on Friday, saying that it was a legitimate grant for vulnerable groups in four states, and that it had followed the due process of government.
The minister broke her silence on the matter, which had gone viral, and claimed that the allegation was a fabrication by her enemies who wanted to frustrate her ministry’s mission to fight corruption and uplift the needy.
She said: “As the minister, I want to assure you that these claims are baseless and an attempt to undermine the efforts we are making to fight corruption and uplift those in need.
“In the course of our work, we have faced resistance from forces whose hands may not be clean, but I want to stress that our commitment to transparency, accountability, and eradicating corruption remains unwavering.
“The challenges we face only strengthen our resolve to serve with integrity and dedication.
“I believe in the power of truth prevailing, and with God as my strength, I am confident that our collective efforts will continue to make a positive impact on the lives of the less privileged. Your trust and support are invaluable as we navigate through these unfounded allegations.” CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>