Saving 1m Lives: FG Warns States against Misappropriating $1.5m Grant

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Paul Obi in Abuja

The federal government at the weekend warned state governments against misappropriation of the $1.5 million grant disbursed to states as part of the implementation of the Saving One Million Lives project.

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, read the riot act to State Governments following the disbursement of $1.5 million to each of the 36 States and the FCT under the Saving One Million Lives Programme for Results (SOMLP4R) of the ministry.

The minister made the remarks in Kaduna during an operationalization meeting of the SOMLP4R organized by the ministry in partnership with stakeholders in the health sector

He noted: “Government had disbursed a performance-based grant of $1.5m each to 36 states and the FCT in the health sector”, warning that, any diversion of the funds will attract severe sanctions from the federal government.

“The program is motivated by the desire to pay for results rather than paying for processes and reimbursing activity. Prof. Adewole said the program had 6 major pillars and 2 enablers that can change health outcomes in Nigeria.”