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Zamfara Assembly begins probe over alleged diversion of PHC fund

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The Zamfara House of Assembly has begun an investigation into the alleged diversion of N1.258 billion intervention fund by the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund to Primary Healthcare Centres, PHCs, in the state.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Director-General, Press and Public Affairs of the House, Mustafa Jafaru-Kaura, on Friday.

Mr Jafaru-Kaura said the resolution followed the adoption of a motion by the Majority Leader, Faruku Dosara during plenary on Thursday.

Mr Dosara, he said, stated that the money was released by the agency to PHCs to augment their urgent healthcare needs.

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“He said each of the PHCs was allocated N610,000 but unfortunately only N276,760 was given to them, while over N1.2 billion was diverted,” he added.

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The majority leader explained that the money was for drugs consumables.

“The sum of N500, 000 was cornered to a different account domicile in drugs and consumables management agency while each PHC was left with only N110, 000,’’ he said.

He urged the lawmakers to ensure thorough investigation of the matter so as to unravel the truth of the matter.

He said: “Mr Dosara stated that investigating fraud as well as recovery of looted funds was one of the primary responsibilities of the lawmakers.

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The Speaker, Nasiru Magarya commended the lawmaker for raising the issue.

Mr Magarya directed the House Committee on Health and Human Medicine to investigate the matter and report back its findings in one month.

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