Politics

Reps begin probe of 100b in North-East Commission

Members of the Federal House of Representatives has hinted about a possible probe into the activities of the North-East Development Commission (NEDC).

This resolution was in view of the motion sponsored by Ndudi Elumelu, minority leader of the house, on Thursday alleging mismanagement of N100 billion.

Established in 2017, NEDCs operations were to reconstruct states affected by insurgency in the north-east.

Elumelu, while moving his motion, alleged that N100 billion given to the commission by the federal government has “vanished” with nothing to show for it

“The N100 billion so far disbursed to the commission by the federal government is said to have vanished under a year without any visible impact on the refugees nor any infrastructural development credited to the name of the commission in the whole of the north-east,” Alkali said.

“The corrupt practices include high handedness by the managing director, Mohammed Goni Alkali, over inflation of contracts, awards of non existent contracts, massive contract splitting and flagrant disregard for the procurement laws in the award of contracts.

“There are allegations of how the minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management, Sadiya Farouk, was said to have entered into an unholy deal with the managing director of the commission to illegally withdraw money for the purchase military vehicles without any recourse to the board.

“The act, which completely disregards the country’s procurement laws, must be seriously frowned at.”

The house adopted the motion after it was put to a voice vote by Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house.

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