Contrary to its mandate of rebuilding crucial infrastructure within the North-East, huge corruption has allegedly taken over the North-East Development Commission, NEDC.
NEDC was amongst different goals, established to rebuild the infrastructure and establishments destroyed by Boko Haram within the North-East.
However, as a substitute of sticking with its mandate, the Managing Director of the fee, Mohammed Goni Alkali has been embroiled in a multi-billion naira corruption scandal.
A bunch, North-East Vanguard, claimed to have unearthed huge corruption involving billions of naira on the fee.
Besides allegedly embezzling billions of naira, the group additional accused Alkali of operating the fee with nepotism.
In a doc collectively signed by the group’s National Coordinator and National Secretary, Pwasato Aaron, and Goni Umar Muazu respectively, the group referred to as on anti-graft businesses to beam its searchlight on NEDC.
The doc seen by SaharaReporters reads partly, “The Managing Director, Mohammed Goni Alkali, takes home as monthly salary, N8.5 million without recourse to the Salaries and Wages Commission.
“This is other than a whopping N300 million as operating price for his workplace each year. How justifiable is that?
“Since its establishment, no single employment has been carried out, as Mohammed Goni Alkali, singlehandedly hand-picked from the ministries, people from his own tribe of Kanuri (90% of the about 60 staff members of the commission are Kanuri).
“Purchase by the Managing Director of 100 Hilux pick-up vans for the navy and different safety personnel at the price of N28 million every, towards the market worth of N17 million in 2020, with none recourse to the board, an act which utterly negates the nation’s procurement legal guidelines.
“The Managing Director singlehandedly procured all Covid-19 equipment to the tune of N5 billion without approval from the board and procurement procedures.
“Five billion naira that was accredited and launched as particular funds for Ngwom Housing Estate is lacking in transit between the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and the workplace of the Managing Director of the fee.”
Other infractions allegedly committed by Alkali were said to involve the diversion of funds meant for the purchase of houses for staff members.
Other monies alleged to have been squandered involved the construction of corporate headquarters in Maiduguri, as well as mass housing across the six North-East states.
It added, “Funds meant for the manufacturing of the grasp plan of the area are being stolen by means of bogus contracts utilizing pseudo names.
“Funds appropriated two years ago to establish 18 additional computer training centres have been misappropriated by the Alkali management.
“Funds meant for the development of workplaces within the six states of the area have been diverted to different private makes use of.
“Funds meant for the construction of ‘Mega Schools’ in the 18 senatorial zones of the region have disappeared.
“Tractors and different agricultural tools, accredited and absolutely funded, have but to be bought, two years after, whereas billions of naira are being spent on fraudulent meals procurement on the expense of farmers of the area.
“Billions of naira spent on the defunct PCNI liabilities should be thoroughly investigated as some of the claims cannot be validated.
“The board of the North-East Development Commission Education Endowment Fund-NEDCEF was inaugurated on August 7, 2020, as an academic element of the fee, however for shut to at least one 12 months now, the board has not been in a position to take off, not to mention obtain its core mandate of interventions within the schooling sub-sector, due to meddlesomeness and unnecessary frustrations by the Managing Director.
“Instead, funds earmarked for interventions by NEDCEF are being diverted for personal use by members of the Board Of Trustees.
“It isn’t any shock that through the latest presidential go to to Borno state by President Muhammadu Buhari, no single NEDC venture was commissioned.”
North-East Vanguard is anxious that the National Assembly has abruptly deserted its probe of the NEDC which it launched on July 23, 2020.
As gathered, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC, has picked some administrators of the fee for questioning.
Furthermore, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has additionally beamed its searchlight on allegations of economic misappropriation within the fee.
North-East Vanguard, due to this fact, urges President Muhammadu Buhari to formally droop Alkali, to permit free investigation into the problems raised.