House of Reps summons Yemi Osinbajo over alleged illegal suspension of NEMA directors

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has been summoned by the House of Representatives committee on emergency and disaster management over the alleged illegal suspension of directors at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The cable reports that the committee, investigating the alleged violation of public trust at the agency, summoned the vice-president on Thursday, April 12, over the suspension of directors of NEMA. 

The investigation committee stated that the directors were suspended suspended by the agency’s governing council - chaired by Osinbajo — without due process. The Lawmakers also summoned the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), investigating the directors and Oyo-Ita, head of civil service. 

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has accused the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Engineer Mustapha Maihaja of mismanaging N1.6 billion released to the agency by the Federal Government in July 2017 for relief intervention to flood victims in 16 states. According to the lower house, the huge sum was expended on contracts awarded to 216 companies that were not qualified for contract awards in the country. 

At an investigative hearing on the violation of public trust in NEMA by the House committee on emergency and disaster preparedness, Maihaja was accused of spending N1.6billion on contract awards companies who have no tax clearance and other prerequisite qualifications as demanded by the Nigerian laws. 

At the investigative hearing presided over by the deputy chairman of the committee, Honourable Ali Isa, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) and the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) in their reports submitted to the committee revealed that the NEMA boss violated the law on tax and other breaches in the contracts to the companies. Details later....
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