The Public Complaints Commission has launched a systemic investigation into the Federal Government’s intervention through the Ecological Project Fund in the States facing ecological challenges.
As part of its preliminary investigation, the Management of the Ecological Fund was invited to the Commission for a meeting on Tuesday to explain the disbursement of funds to the states affected by flooding this year.
The Fund’s Management Team led by the Permanent Secretary, Mallam Ibrahim Shehu was received by the Honourable Chief Commissioner of the PCC, Hon. Abimbola Ayo-Yusuf in the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja.
The Honourable Commissioner of Ekiti State Office of the Commission, Hon. Bamisile Olukayode who chaired the meeting disclosed that the investigation has become necessary following complaints received by the Commission from members of the public on the damage caused by the recent flooding in many states.
He added that the pressure from the members of the public to investigate the disbursement of funds has prompted the Commission to launch a systemic investigation that would eventually clarify the issues raised by many Nigerians.
Responding, the Permanent Secretary of the Fund, Mallam Ibrahim Shehu explained that the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation is the custodian of the ecological funds and not his office.
He said the role of the Ecological Project Fund is more of advisory adding that all the data collected by his office on the intervention projects are usually submitted to the National Assembly and the Presidency.
The Permanent Secretary announced that there would be Conference coming up in the month of December, 2022 and promised to invite the Commission stating that the conference will avail the Commission the opportunity to understand the functions of the Fund.
Also present at the maiden meeting were Commissioners and top Management staff of the Commission.
Highlights of the event were the exchange of souvenirs and group photographs.