SaharaReporters has obtained exclusive documents on how the former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, refunded $2.2 million to the Global Alliance for Vaccinations and Immunizations (GAVI).
These documents include a letter written to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by the Federal Ministry of Health regarding ex-Minister Okonjo-Iweala’s unilateral decision to give $2.2 million, intended for vaccinating Nigeria’s children, to GAVI after their claim it was misused by the Nigerian government. Mr. LN Awute, speaking for the Ministry of Health, inquired whether the EFCC recommended or suggested to Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala to refund the money. Mr. Awute revealed that he learned indirectly that ex-Minister Okonjo-Iweala refunded the $2.2 million despite ongoing investigations into the matter.
Also included is the EFCC response to the independent Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) which says that it could not establish any wrongdoing or fraudulent activity on the part of the Nigerian government or Ministry of Health.
The last documents, found below, include the independent investigation and audit carried out by CSNAC calling into question the claims by GAVI that Nigeria misappropriated money.
It will be recalled that last week GAVI elected Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to their Board of Directors, months after she refunded the $2.2 million sparking nation-wide attention to this matter. GAVI has continued to ignore SaharaReporters questions, emails, and calls.
The exclusive documents are found below: