Betta Edu: Perm Sec takes over humanitarian ministry after minister’s suspension

Abel Olumuyiwa Enitan

Following the suspension of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Abel Olumuyiwa Enitan, has assumed responsibility for the ministry.

His action is in line with the directive of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who suspended Edu on Monday over the alleged payment of public funds into private accounts.

Enitan assumed responsibility after a letter to that effect from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (oSGF) was given to him Monday night.

Recall that President Tinubu, through his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale had directed the suspended Minister to “hand over to the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.”

“She is further directed by the President to fully cooperate with the investigating authorities as they conduct their investigation.

“Furthermore, the President has tasked a panel that is headed by the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance to, among other functions, conduct a comprehensive diagnostic on the financial architecture and framework of the social investment programmes;

“With a view to conclusively reforming the relevant institutions and programmes in a determined bid to eliminate all institutional frailties for the exclusive benefit of disadvantaged households and win back lost public confidence in the initiative,” he said.