The House of Representatives Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has debunked reports that the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, OSSAP-SDGs spent N26.9 billion COVID-19 funds.
The committee said there was no evidence of such money appropriated by the National Assembly for the procurement of materials following the COVID-19 pandemic, to the said office under Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, and so, no reason to query the boss as alleged in a media report.
The committee chaired by Rotimi Agunsoye said it was important to correct the narrative in the public to avoid misrepresentation of projects carried out by the agency in the past years.
One of the committee members, Humpe Akande Babatunde, representing Badagry Federal Constituency said there was no basis to query OSSAP-SDGs or Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire over any irregularities in contract award or procurement of palliatives during the budget defence session as the presentation made by her contained a detailed analysis of the projects implemented in the previous years.
“I think there is mischief in the report. Facts before us do not show that the SDGs office participated in the procurement of palliatives neither were they queried for anything. As a matter of fact, members of the committee believes that Princess Orelope-Adefulire led OSSAP-SDGs has performed creditably well, brilliantly and was well commended by the members of the committee,” the lawmaker stated.