By Goodluck Ikiebe
President Bola Tinubu has suspended the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu in adherence to his unwavering commitment to upholding the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and accountability in the administration of resources.
In an official communication relayed by Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser to President on Media and Publicity, he said the suspension was accompanied by a directive to the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to initiate a comprehensive investigation into all financial transactions associated with the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, including any pertinent agencies falling under its purview.
Dr. Betta Edu is instructed to promptly hand over her responsibilities to the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.
Furthermore, President Tinubu has emphasized her obligation to fully cooperate with the investigative authorities as they carry out their inquiries.
In addition to these measures, a panel, chaired by the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, has been established by the President.
This panel is tasked with conducting an extensive diagnostic examination of the financial architecture and framework of the social investment programs.
The objective is to implement comprehensive reforms to address any institutional weaknesses, ensuring the exclusive benefit of disadvantaged households and regaining public confidence in the initiative.
All directives issued by the President are with immediate effect.