Women Affairs Minister Under Investigation For Allegedly Spending N45m On New Year Party, N20m On Sanitary Pads

Women Affairs Minister Under Investigation For Allegedly Spending N45m On New Year Party, N20m On Sanitary Pads

by Victor Ndubuisi

The House of Representatives has questioned Mrs. Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye, the Minister of Women’s Affairs, about spending N45 million on a party for the new year and N20 million on sanitary pads, among other unrelated expenses.

N1.5 million is another for car fuel.

The Minister was questioned by Rep. Kafilat Ogbara, Chairman of the House Committee on Women Affairs, on the non-payment of N1.5 billion to contractors notwithstanding the fund release in Abuja.

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She clarified that the purpose of the inquiry hearing was to find the truth, not to persecute the Minister and ministry workers.


In response to a petition by contractors, the committee also looked into claims that money intended for contractor payments had been misappropriated.

The committee also requested information regarding the N1.5 billion intended for contractor payments as well as the funds allotted for the African First Lady’s mission.

On the other hand, the minister refuted the claims of embezzlement, excessive spending, and failure to pay contractors.

The Director of Finance and Administration agreed that only approved contracts were paid, and the procurement officer verified the contractors’ statements.

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Recall that the committee had asked the minister to come before it at its previous meeting in order to provide an explanation for the non-payment.

The committee also mandated that the Ministry of Women’s Affairs halt all 2024 contract procedures until the whereabouts of the funding for those contracts were ascertained.



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