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House of Reps issue ultimatum to Health Minister, permanent Secretary over $300 million malaria fund

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The House of Representatives Committee on Anti-Malaria, HIV/AIDS, and Tuberculosis has issued a 72-hour ultimatum to the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Muhammed Ali Pate, and the Permanent Secretary, Daju Kachollom, to appear before it concerning allegations of misusing $300 million earmarked to combat malaria since 2021.

The committee, chaired by Hon. Amobi Ogah, representing Isuikwato/Umuneochi Federal Constituency, Abia State, expressed its dissatisfaction with the absence of the Permanent Secretary, warning of potential arrest should she fail to comply after being summoned thrice.

At the heart of the investigation are allegations of excluding indigenous manufacturers from participating in the procurement contracts for insecticidal nets, a critical tool in malaria control efforts.

Malaria remains a pressing health concern in Nigeria, and the mismanagement of funds designated for its eradication is viewed with grave concern by lawmakers.

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