The House of Representatives has recommended the sack of the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Mustapha Maihaja, for alleged mismanagement of thirty-three billion-naira funds.
According to the House Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, which investigated the alleged violation of public trust in the activities of the agency, the actions and inactions of the Director-General led to the country losing over thirty-three billion naira through mismanagement and embezzlement.
The committee’s report also indicted all the government officials involved in the processing, release and diversion of the sum of five-point-eight billion naira for the emergency intervention of food security in the northeast, which was approved through a memo raised from the office of the acting president.
The House is urging the relevant security agencies to take steps to recover the five-point-eight billion naira from the government officials.
Meanwhile, the agency has said that it is shocked about the allegations. The agency in a statement by its spokesman, Sani Datti, said some of the allegations raised by the Committee did not reflect the facts and documents placed before it by NEMA.
Datti said the agency will continue to maintain its open-door policy and assured all relevant stakeholders of their readiness to make further clarifications on the issues raised for the benefit of the Nigerian public and the anti-corruption mantra of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.