Reps accuse Environment Ministry of corruption, question N2.6b fund in banks

December 10, 2013 7:00 PM

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Reps accuse Environment Ministry of corruption, question N2.6b fund in banks

WorldStage Newsonline—Nigeria’s House of Representatives Committee on Environment has accused the Ministry of Environment of corruption and lack of transparency, questioning its N2.6 billion domiciled in the Central Bank of Nigeria ( CBN) and FCMB with just a few months to the end of the year.

The Uche Ekwunife-headed committee question the wisdom behind the fund when numerous contractors with over 60 per cent of the jobs done yet to be paid.

A member of the Committee, Hon. Pat Asadu said during an oversight of the committee to the ministry, that he was ready to shed his immunity and drag the ministry to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) for corruption.

He said there had been complaints and written protests and allegations that money were paid by contractors before their letters of contract were signed.

He said: "The lack of transparency and level of corruption in this ministry is a shame. The money you collect from contractors ensures that projects don't get kicked off. I am going to mention names that can be prosecuted. The companies that you select that are doing deals with you are talking to me."

He alleged that of constituency jobs worth N40 million, N9.1 million was collected from some contractors even before the jobs commenced, adding that exposing, uprooting and prosecuting corruption in the ministry was the way forward.


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