Reps ask Buhari to sack DG NEMA

Reps ask Buhari to sack DG NEMA

The House of Representatives has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Managing Director of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Maihaja over the mismanagement of N33billion.

The recommendation coupled with six others with subsections is a sequel to a report by the committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness which was considered and adopted by the committee of the Whole of the House.

According to chairman of the committee, Ali Isa, “based on the investigation conducted by the Committee, it has been established that the federal of Nigeria lost a total sum of over N33 Billion Naira as a result of mismanagement or outright embezzlement of funds occasioned by the actions or inactions of the Managing Director of NEMA, Engr. Mustapha Maihaja.

On the issue of donation of 6,779 metric tons of rice by Chinese Government for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in the North, East as contained in the report, the House condemned in strong terms the negligence and inefficiency of the Ministry of Budget and National Planning and National Emergency Management Agency for the long delay in collection of the donated rice from the Port Terminal and called on the anti-graft agencies to investigate and prosecute all involved.

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“The ICPC, EFCC and Police should ensure recovery of the payment of about N800million demurrage from the concerned officers of the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Ministry of Agriculture and NEMA.

“They should further investigate the conflicting testimonies of the above agencies and determine whether there were multiple payment transactions for the demurrage”, said Isa.

Another recommendation among the report is the reinstatement and payment of arrears of entitlement of some management staff of NEMA that were suspended.

They include Director, Finance and Account, Director of Disaster and Risk Reduction, Acting Director, Special Duties, Deputy Director Welfare, DD Captain of the Air Ambulance and Assistant Chief Administrative Officer.

It, therefore, recommended that all the board members involved in the suspension of these members of staff be suspended.

Also, the green chamber directed NEMA to submit through the appropriate authority all the Ecological funds accruing to it yearly to the National Assembly for Appropriation in order to meet the Constitutional requirements and called for a comprehensive investigation into the receipt and utilisation of 20% Ecological Fund to NEMA over the years.

These are in line with the findings by the committee on unaccounted N17,889,050,401 released from Ecological Fund to NEMA.

Still on the committee’s findings on the issue regarding the evacuation of Nigerians from Libya, it was recommended that the federal government make available adequate funds to the relevant agencies of government for the rehabilitation of those Nigerians evacuated from abroad in order to prevent them from going back adding that method and cost of evacuation of Nigeria s stranded abroad be made transparent in order to ensure better accountability.

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