The House of Representatives said yesterday it will investigate an alleged misappropriation of N100 billion at the North East Development Commission (NEDC).
This followed the adoption of a motion by Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu who alleged that N100bn disbursed to the commission had vanished in less than a year with no appreciable impact on displaced persons or infrastructural development, which the commission executed in the North East. When contacted to comment on the allegations, the Managing Director of NEDC, Mohammed Goni Alkali, said they did not misappropriate N100 bn and there was no fraud at the commission. The NEDC was established by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2017, and charged with the responsibility of receiving and managing funds from allocation from the federation account and other sources for the settlement, rehabilitation and reconstruction of roads, houses and business premises destroyed by Boko Haram terrorists who have been waging war for over a decade.
Elumelu said it was alleged that the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk, in conjunction with the managing director of the NEDC withdrew N5 billion to purchase military vehicles without approval by the NEDC board and disregard to the country’s procurement laws.
“There are allegations of how the managing director and his close associates diverted funds meant for the commission to purchase choice properties in highbrow neighbourhoods of Abuja, Kaduna and Maiduguri to the detriment of the suffering refugees and infrastructural development,” Elumelu said. He noted that there had been massive displacement of Nigerians in the North East as a result of the activities of Boko Haram insurgents where houses, schools, mosques, churches, farmlands and businesses were destroyed rendering people homeless and jobless.