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NDDC bought 8 vehicles for N624miilion, despite claims it was broke-Sagay

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  • MDAs in Buhari’s govt still drenched in corruption

…Paschal Okeke

The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay, has regretted that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), are still drenched in corruption even under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

This was as he lamented that notwithstanding all the financial difficulties Nigeria, the NDDC had just bought over 70 cars.

Of those about eight of them are Super Lexus Jeeps costing 78 million naira each and about 10 are Land Cruisers costing 63 million naira each.

Sagay, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN)  spoke on Thursday in his opening remarks at the National Dialogue on Corruption organised by PACAC at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where he declared that corruption was omnipresent in the country.

He said the money was taken from funds for infrastructure, water, housing, hospitals, school, etc., without conscience; recklessly without a thought for the wretched people of the Niger Delta, as the huge sums where plundered from their allocations, from the Federal Government.

Sagay stated that despite the purchase by the NDDC, the commission’s Managing Director claimed that the NDDC lacks fund to carry out its responsibilities.

On the Nigeria Customs, the PACAC Chairman said, “There is no difference in Customs since May 29, 2015. If you go to Tin Can Island, it is business as usual.”

Describing corruption as a national tragedy, he wondered why a person will loot what he cannot spend in 10 lifetimes and in the process exposed others to poverty.

In the light of this deliberate sabotage of corruption trials; PACAC has decided to set up its own monitoring corps of young lawyers.  These will monitor every corruption case, and will report any breach of the Administration of criminal Justice act to us and we shall then pass these on to the National Judicial Commission for appropriate action.


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