Senator Solomon Adeola (APC-Lagos-West) has backed the suspension of the Director-General of the Nigerian Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Peter Jack, and called for his investigation.
This was contained in a statement signed by his media aide, Kayode Odunaro, on Monday.
Adeola, the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Communications, said the director-general, who was suspended over employment and contract scams, should be further investigated.
He said the suspended director-general must be further investigated for the period he held the position as head of NITDA.
“Mr Jack has refused to answer to audit queries issued by the Auditor-General of the Federation, in performance of its constitutional duties as the auditor-general.
“Non-response to such queries raises serious questions about the integrity of the director-general as a public officer.
“What most commentators and groups demanding reversal of the suspension do not know is that the issue goes beyond employment racketeering and breach of procurement processes.
“It also involves the issue of implementation of the constituency projects of legislators at the National Assembly as well as flagrant disobedience to legitimate directives of his supervising ministry.
“This contravenes Section 31 of NITDA Act.”
Adeola added that if investigations were concluded and the allegations cleared, then the suspension might be reconsidered.
NAN reports that the director-general was suspended on January 19 by the Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu.