The National Assembly has ordered the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire to suspend action on spending N10bn on the production of COVID-19 vaccines.
This directive was given on Wednesday by the National Assembly Joint Committee on Health when the Minister and other top government officials in the health sector appeared before it to defend their spending plan.
The lawmakers noted that the Ministry officials couldn’t give a satisfactory explanation on how the N10billion will be utilized.
Chairman Senate Committee on Health, Ibrahim Oloriegbe directed that the money should not be spent until the Ministry can state clearly, what the money will be used for.
“This N10 billion is just given to you, with due respect, with what you have given to us, you don’t have a specific detailed plan for it. Our decision, for now, is that you can’t spend it (the money) until you provide us satisfactory answer. Once you provide us the details then we will invite all the necessary persons,” Oloriegbe said.
The Health Minister at the meeting said the money was part of an agreement between the Federal Government and a foreign partner, May and Baker PLC for the production of bio vaccines.