Vehicles Purchase Fraud in NDDC: Prof Sagay was not referring to the current NDDC Board – Okon Eminue
RE-NDDC DEBUNKS CLAIM ON PURCHASE OF VEHICLES
With due respect and a sense of responsibility, the NDDC ought to confirm the claim by the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay by seeking clarification on the administration under which the said vehicles were purchased. Prof Sagay is quite right. The vehicles were bought by one of the past administrations of the NNDC.
When the scam was first published with gory details, the immediate past MD of NDDC, Barr Dan Abia, was still in situ, and the vouchers and the entire scam were widely published online and in some Nigerian newspapers.
To be sure, President Muhammadu Buhari had assumed office when the scam came to light. One would have thought that the EFCC and other Anti-graft agencies would wade into the allegations at that time.
Consequently, Professor Sagay’s accusation or allegation does not say that the scam is perpetrated by the current leadership of the NDDC.
In fact, the scam unveiled by Prof Sagay is accessible online (PREMIUM TIMES) with vouchers with which the said vehicles were reportedly bought.
To repeat myself for purposes of emphasis, Prof Sagay’s allegation does not, in any way, pertain to the present Board and Management of NDDC under the leadership of Distinguished Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, SAN (Board Chairman, NDDC) and His Excellency Obong Nsima Ekere (Managing Director, NDDC). The scam even came to limelight before Mrs Seminitari was appointed Acting MD, NDDC.
To that extent Amu Nnadi ‘s stout defence of the present NDDC Board and Management is quite proper and correct. But it is one of the past Boards and Management of NDDC that Professor Sagay actually alludes to.
(C) Prof Okon Eminue