Reps panel commits to full probe of alleged fraud in NEMA
The House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness investigating alleged cases of fraud at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has vowed to probe the matter irrespective of whose ox is gored.
The committee, which is investigating alleged violation of public trust in the agency, said that it has discovered a campaign of calumny from some quarters aimed at discouraging it from carrying out its responsibility.
Briefing correspondents on the matter, the committee, represented by four of its members namely: E. J. Agbonayinma, P. O. Akpatason, Gabriel Onyenwife and Amiru Idris, said it was investigating the release of N5.9 billion food intervention in the Northeast.
It said the committee was also investigating the release of N3.1 billion food intervention in the Northeast, release of N1.6 billion for Libya returnees and the release of N1.6 billion for flood intervention in 16 states of the federation.
Others are the donation of 6,779 metric tons of rice by the Chinese government; payment of about N800 million demurrage on the donated rice by Chinese and the unaccounted N10 billion release from ecological funds.
Spokesman of the committee, Agboniayinma said: “Attention of the House of Representatives has been drawn to reports on the “Need to investigate alleged violation of public trust in the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
“We also want to put the record that as at today, there is no petition from any staff of NEMA to the committee or the House of Representatives.”