Another week is coming to an end, but the hunt for corrupt politicians and enablers in the country continues.
In the space of four weeks, Nigerians have been entertained with the drama that shows the lack of moral decency and integrity that unites most politicians – From probing Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to the probe of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) by the National Assembly.
In all of these, Nigerians at some point, called for more agencies and commissions to be probed and their prayers seems to have been answered as the House of Representatives has ordered an investigation into how N100 billion allegedly disappeared from the coffers of the North East Development Commission (NEDC) established in 2017 to coordinate funds accruing from the federation account and donor agencies for the purposes of rehabilitating and resettling of victims of insurgency, reconstruction of homes, infrastructural development and tackling of illiteracy in the northeastern part of the country.
States in the region include; Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, and Yobe.
N100billion vanishes from NEDC Accounts https://t.co/o5WnsrfqAS
— Babasola Kuti (@RealSolaKuti) July 24, 2020
Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu who moved the motion for the agency to be investigated, accused the NEDC’s Managing Director, Mohammed Goni Alkali, of high handedness, over inflation of contracts, awards of non-existent contracts, massive contract splitting and flagrant disregard for the procurement laws in the award of contracts.
The House of Representatives has commenced probe of the North East Development Commission (NEDC) over the misappropriation of N100Billion.
NEDC was set up to address illiteracy, resettle refugees and provide other needs for the victims of Boko Haram insurgency.
— Tosin Olugbenga (@TosinOlugbenga) July 23, 2020
Debating on the state of the nation, many Nigerians on social media have pointed out that the unending accusations of embezzlement and mismangemnent of funds is an indication that the level of corruption that exists in the country is far beyond what the ordinary man can imagine. Questions are also being raised on the importance of these commissions and agencies with emphasis on the fact that they have served as a tower of refuge for corruption and corrupt leaders to thrive in Nigeria.
No country in the world could face what Nigeria has faced and still exist! This country has been raped multiple times and is still being raped. We are still battling with NDDC palava, but the ogbonge of corruption is still doing press up at NEDC(North East Development Commission.
— Bldr Soyebi Samson ❤ (@Shoyebi) July 24, 2020
Every institution birth in Nigeria is groomed with corruption and taught the act of stealing public fund at it's best.
NDDC, NEDC are just few of the places. Even as we speak, more institutions are been looted and milked dry.
God will not help us here we would help ourselves. pic.twitter.com/SDM5AbhHLY
— ❤🅰—Z (@Horlzy) July 24, 2020
We haven't even concluded on NDDC & NSITF, we're hearing of another 100bn that NEDC can't account for.
Somehow Buhari loyalists see these revelations as proof that he is actively fighting corruption.
When Vector said "your dumb fans are dumb sha" he wasn't even talking to MI.
— That Hybrid Guy (@Zuronye) July 24, 2020
Interms of misappropriation NDDC & NEDC are on par,it’s such a disgrace this agencies divert and loot funds unreasonably also The humanitarian and disaster management ministry needs to be probe too whilst how funds disappear without trace.
— Musa Yusuf Ubandoma (@MusaYUbandoma) July 24, 2020
The NEDC MD says he would be willing to present himself at the National Assembly to defend activities of the commission whenever he receives an invitation from the legislators, adding that due process was followed in the procurement and the Board of NEDC was fully aware of its expenditure.
The House of Representatives has mandated its Committees on Finance, Procurement and NEDC to investigate the allegations and report back in eight weeks. Nigerians will be keen on seeing the end of this new revelation with the belief that justice will be done speedily.
Here are a few more reactions to the allegations:
No nation, i repeat..no nation on this earth has patience like Nigerians. It's a pity we joke and recline, we can't help ourselves..we need external help now. Just look at NEDC ? ahh! All this will go on for a very long time and nothing will happen.
— Austino MonteChristo💙❤️ The Cuban Zigurr (@AustinoCadence) July 24, 2020
THIEVES EVERYWHERE: The alleged disappearance of N100bn at the North East Development Commission (NEDC) in the last one year must be investigated urgently. And we will keenly observe who will come and ''faint'' at the investigative hearings!
— Valiant Samson Idowu-Alaba (@ValiantNig) July 24, 2020
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