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The House of Representatives Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), has given the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, (OSSAP-SDGs) headed by Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, a clean bill over allegations that her office awarded N26.9billion COVID-19- related contracts.

The lawmakers said no such money was appropriated by the National Assembly for the procurement of materials, following COVID-19 pandemic.

The committee, chaired by Rotimi Agunsoye, said it was important to correct the narrative in the public to avoid misrepresentation of projects carried out by the agency in the past years.

Another member, Humpe Babatunde, stressed that there was no basis for querying OSSAP-SDGs or Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire over any irregularities in contract award or procurement of palliatives during the budget defense session.

He noted that the presentation made by her contained a detailed analysis of the projects implemented in the previous years, which according to him, was unusual of public officers.

On the question raised on non-implementation of special intervention projects, the lawmaker said the information before the committee revealed that the SDGs boss could not be blamed as funds for the implementation were yet to be released to her office by the Ministry of Finance.

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