‘NEDC didn’t abandon any project in North East’

The, Arewa Round Table against Corrupt Practices (ARTACP) has explained that there’s no abandoned projects awarded by the Northeast Development Commission NEDC in the region

A statement signed by Coordinator of the group Comrade Aliyu A Mohammed and Secretary Lawal Abdullahi described the allegations of misappropriation of funds against the North East Development Commission (NEDC) under the leadership of Mohammed Goni Akali to the tune of N146.19 billion as mischievious, false and baseless.

The statement which was distributed to reporters today in Bauchi was in reaction to the allegations published by some media outlets insinuating that there are funds misappropriations in NEDC.

They said the allegations are nothing but mischief paddling and falsehood.

“After a thorough investigations by our group and we visited all.the areas mentioned by the petitioners on fact findings mission. Our findings revealed that three os no abandoned projects awarded by the NEDC in the entire six northeastern states.

“All the projects awarded by the commission has either reached 50 to 70 percent of completion  or the contractors are making final arragement to commence the project.

“It seems the petitioners don’t know the projects they are talking about or where the projects are sited. For example, the petitioners talked about housing in Yobe both Potiskum and Nguru, the contractors are making final preparations to commence the projects but the 250 houses allocated in Damaturu has reached 70 percent of completion, so also 50 houses each in Geidam, Gujba, Bade, and  Jakusko, all the construction is ongoing and has reached 50 to 70 percent completion. 

“On the issue of supply of equipment at Eye Clinic Centre in Azare, the suppy of the equipments was sucessfully completed and many people are benefitting from the equipment, on the construction of ICT training centre; and construction of College of Legal and Islamic Studies, Misau, all in Bauchi state, the college was constructed even before the birth of NEDC, and no project was cited  in the college by the NEDC,

The petitioners alleged abandoned construction of central workshop in Maiduguri, Borno; construction of Birma Primary School at Kashimbila in Taraba; Madagali and Pinilla primary schools projects in Adamawa.,

“To put the record straight the above contract were not awarded by the commission, Mega School Project was sited in Mubi South  of Adamawa State.and the construction is on going it has reached 60 to 70 percent of completion”. Three bridges were constructed in Madagali and Michika all in Adamawa state among other projects sited in the state”. 

“We also want to inform the petitioners and Nigerans that there is no abandoned projects in Jalingo, Sadauna, Zing and Ussa Local Government Areas of Taraba State.

All the allegations are fiction, malicious and imaginations of the petitioners to achieve their selfish aim of black mailing the commission through cheap publicity” .

“Let the petitioners allow NEDC to develop the region. It is unfortunate some people want to bring the commission down with false claims and false accusations,” he said.

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