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$100m Loan: Reps Query Health Ministry For Sacking Local Contractor

The House of Representatives Committee on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria yesterday queried the Ministry of Health for disengaging a local contractor in a $100 million loan agreement between Nigeria and the Islamic Development Bank meant to address the challenge of malaria in the country.

Chairman of the committee, Amobi Ogah, who sued the query at a stakeholders meeting, said he was dismayed that the expected intervention was yet to materialise even after signing the agreement in 2022. He mandated the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof Ali Muhammad Pate, to provide a comprehensive report of the transactions on the agreement. He said the project aims to reduce under-five mortality in Nigeria from 132 to 79 per 1,000 births by 2030 He said:

“We are at a loss as to the reason why the loan agreement between Nigeria and the Islamic Bank, which is expected to last for three years, that is terminating by end of this year, has suffered monumental setback and we as a parliament, representing the people of Nigeria who are affected and ravaged daily by malaria epidemic cannot fold our hands and watch matters degenerate so badly, hence our intervention in this matter.”

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