Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former coordinating minister for the Economy, has been indicted in a fresh N3.2billion fraud scandal.
Tribune reports that this allegation was made by the Borno state government, which has asked her to account for the N3.2 billion realised in support of the “Safe School Initiative” under the previous administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan.
Dr Shettima Kullima, the state chairman of the Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), who made the call on Tuesday, in Abuja, at the 14th quarterly meeting of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) management with Executive Chairmen of SUBEBs
Tribune recalls that Jonathan’s approval of $10 million (N1.6 billion) in support of the programme in addition to the $10 million contributed by the former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown to save schools in Nigeria’s northeast which has been ravaged by Boko Haram insurgencies, brings the approved amount to N3.2billion.
In an interaction with journalists at the event, Kullima the state had yet to benefit from the fund, describing the project as “mere rhetorics” by the then government of Jonathan.
According to him, the last administration did nothing to improve the standard of living of the people ravaged by insurgency in the state, especially in terms of reconstruction and rebuilding of schools destroyed by Boko Haram.
Recently, Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomhole replied former minister of finance concerning the supposed $2.1 billion arms scandal.