The house of representatives has said it will probe the North-East Development Commission (NEDC), over the alleged mismanagement of N100 billion.
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The resolution of the house was sequel to a motion sponsored by Ndudi Elumelu, minority leader of the house, on Thursday.
The commission was established in 2017, to reconstruct states affected by insurgency in the North-east.
While moving the motion, Elumelu said the N100 billion given to the commission by the federal government has disappeared with nothing to show for it.
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The lawmaker accused Mohammed Goni Alkali, the commission’s managing director, of awarding non-existent contracts.
“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,” Elumelu said.
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“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.
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“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.”
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The house adopted the motion, after it was put to a voice vote by Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house.
The motion was referred to the house committees on finance, procurement and NEDC, with the report of the probe to be submitted in two months.
The development is coming days after the house concluded its investigation on the alleged mismanagement of N81.5 billion by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
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The report on the NDDC probe is yet to be submitted before the house.