Gambia Gov’t anticipates auditors’ report on Covid-19 funds
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The Minister of Finance, Mambury Njie has disclosed that the government has assigned auditors to audit the Covid-19 funds and report back on their discoveries for further actions.
Health Minister Dr Ahmadou Lamin Samateh about two weeks ago astounded the nation with his straight forward surprising fact of a visible venture by corrupt officials to steal monies from the D500M put in place by government to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘Samateh told the National Assembly that over 300 ghost names were submitted as beneficiaries of allowances from the Covid-19 money.’
“The auditors have already started looking at how the Covid-19 funds were disbursed and spent. The government has no other choice but to wait for the auditors to finish and submit their reports…from there we will see what action we can take because we cannot act based on speculations. We have to follow due process and that will include allowing the auditors to do their job. All what people are saying now is based on allegations,” he told journalists at a press conference.
Also speaking at the press conference meant to clear doubt on government’s food aid distribution, the Vice President and chairperson of the cabinet Covid-19 tackling committee, Dr Isatou Touray said all the distributions were done fairly without closetting as it was told by the president.
“Due process was followed in the distribution of the food aid. Those who are blaming the government for segregating others do not understand the process used by the government. Yes, there were duplications but that should not be use as yardstick to criticise all the good work the government has done,” she said.
*VP Touray said the food aid distribution around the country will soon be fully accomplished. She urged Gambians not to be complacent as the number of Covid-19 cases in the country are on the rise.*
“I call on all and sundry to exercise social distancing and the security forces responsible for enforcing the emergency regulations to intensify their efforts in protecting our lives,” she said.