Global Fund has disclosed that a total of $19.6 million worth of contracts was awarded without due process by Nigeria’s HIV and COVID-19 health administrators.
Newsonline reports that Global Fund made the disclosure following a report by its auditors, in which said the contracts were awarded without following global standards on procurement rules.
“Twenty years ago, AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria seemed unbeatable. In 2002, in an act of extraordinary global solidarity and leadership, the world came together to create the Global Fund to fight what were then the deadliest pandemics confronting humanity.
Over the 20 years that followed, the Global Fund partnership has invested more than US$55 billion, saving 44 million lives and reducing the combined death rate from the three diseases by more than half in the countries where we invest,” the world health movement body said.
Disclosing the report of the Global Fund auditors, Senator Shehu Sani who represented Kaduna Central in the National Assembly said, “It’s disgraceful to learn that Global Fund auditors have found out that $19.6m worth of contracts were awarded without due process and in violation of global standard procurement rules by the Nigerian HIV and Covid19 Health administrators.”
Senator Sani called on Global Fund to suspend further HIV and COVID-19 assistance to the country.
The Global Fund invests US$4 billion a year to defeat HIV, TB and malaria and ensure a healthier, safer, equitable future for all.
According to Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, The Global Fund is the world’s largest financier of HIV, TB, and malaria prevention, treatment, and care programs.