LAGOS, NI (AP) – The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria says it is suspending aid to Nigeria’s AIDS agency over evidence that $3.8 million was stolen by its workers and consultants.
Spokesman Seth Faison said Friday that Nigeria’s government has promised to repay the money to the Geneva-based agency and to prosecute suspects.
A report by the fund’s inspector general says seven government workers and three consultants stole the money over five years between 2010 and 2014. The report said the fraud continued because the National Agency for the Control of AIDS did not have proper audits.
The missing money is 95 percent of the amount budgeted to implement, administer and train users of a web-based reporting platform but a fraction of the $1.4 billion the fund has spent in Nigeria.