By Hannah Nathan, Warri
President Bola Tinubu has been urged to restructure the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation by former vice president Atiku Abubakar.
The former vice president Atiku, said the ministry has evolved into a point of sale (POS) and automated teller machine (ATM) used by the powerful to embezzle money.
The fact that Sadiya Umar Farouq, the former minister of humanitarian affairs, is also being investigated for alleged N37 billion fraud, according to a statement from Atiku’s special assistant for public communication, Phrank Shaibu, indicates that urgent action is required to reform the ministry.
“The government must restructure the ministry of humanitarian affairs, as well as other interventionist initiatives, that have evolved into ATMs and point-of-sale systems.
“Even during the COVID-19 lockdown, Farouq continued to implement the school feeding programme. She ridiculously claimed that the food would be delivered to the students at home since schools were shut.
“Today, Betta Edu claims that over three million households got N20,000 each during the Yuletide. Sadly, there is no evidence of millions of Nigerians getting such money. This shows that money has just been going into private pockets.
“The scandal that we are contending with is not about Betta Edu, nor about Halima Shehu, or any other person for that matter.
“It is about a problem of systemic corruption through which the APC continues to bleed the treasury, ironically, asphyxiating the poor and vulnerable segment of the country, all in the name of caring for them.
“The APC has weaponised poverty and hunger to control the minds of the vulnerable masses, and it is even worse that they have devised a method to use poverty as an instrument of official corruption.” he asserted.