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‎₦100Bn NEDC Probe: Buhari’s Minister,Sadiya Farouk Draged Into Fresh Corruption Scandal

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Sadiya Farouq

Nigerian Lawmakers at the lower chamber s of the  National Assembly has has vowed  to probe  the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) over a N100billion financial mismanagement.

The motion for the probing of the commission was moved by Minority Leader of the House, Ndidi Elumelu.

Moving the motion, Elumelu said the N100 billion given to the commission by the federal government has “vanished” with nothing to show for it

Elumelu alleged that Mohammed Goni Alkali, commission’s managing director, of awarding inexistent 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,” 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 recounted to the board.

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

The NEDC was established in 2017 to help in the reconstruction of communities hit by the Boko Haram insurgency.