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NISPA Exonerates Edu From N44 Billion Fraud Allegations Rocking The Agency 

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Dr. Betta Edu (standing).

National Social Investment Programme Agency (NSIPA), has disassociated  itself from any claims linking Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu to financial impropriety or any wrongdoing within the agency. 

The National Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NSIPA, Hajiya Halima Shehu, is currently under suspension over the ongoing investigations involving the alleged mismanagement of N44 billion funds by Hajiya Halima Shehu. 

However, a statement on January 5 by the National Communications Manager, NSIPA, Hon. Jamaludeen Kabir, said “NSIPA vehemently distances itself from any claims connecting the Honourable Minister to financial impropriety or any wrongdoing within the agency”. 

The agency also said, “it is crucial to emphasize that the Honourable Minister has had no involvement in any financial transactions or decisions within NSIPA currently under scrutiny”.

NSIPA stated that it was issuing this statement “in response to recent online media reports inaccurately linking the Honourable Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, to the ongoing investigations involving the alleged mismanagement of funds by Hajiya Halima Shehu” .

The statement further stated that, “NSIPA emphasizes the distinction between the suspended National Coordinator/CEO and the agency itself, highlighting that the actions of the former do not reflect the agency’s practices or principles. NSIPA is actively cooperating and working under the guidance of the acting National Coordinator and CEO, Dr. Akindele Egbuwalo, demonstrating full support and collaboration within the agency.

“The integrity and commitment of NSIPA to serving vulnerable communities in Nigeria remain steadfast. The agency operates with strict adherence to due process and prudent financial management in line with the regulations outlined in our establishment act and directives of the Federal Executive Council”.

It is paramount to ensure the dissemination of accurate information and avoid spreading baseless allegations that could unfairly tarnish the reputation of individuals or institutions, NSIPA said.

Accordingly, the agency urged the public and media outlets “to verify facts before making assertions and refrain from associating the Honourable Minister with the ongoing investigations, as she holds no responsibility for the current circumstances at NSIPA.

“The agency remains steadfast in its dedication to implementing impactful and transparent social intervention programs aimed at uplifting vulnerable Nigerians and furthering the nation’s socio-economic development, aligning with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s renewed hope agenda”.

It reiterated its commitment to accountability, transparency, and efficient service delivery, upholding its mandate to alleviate poverty and empower communities across Nigeria.

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