NITDA to Communications Minister, You Goofed
No, My Statements were Misconstrued, Says Minister
By Gina Emmanuel
Embattled management of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has categorically said that the Communications Minister, Adebayo Shittu goofed over his statement on its 2017 budget being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC.
In a statement signed by the Head Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Mrs Hadiza Umar, explained that it was totally not true but was misrepresented by the Minister.
“The statement credited to Shittu, during an interview with Fresh FM Ibadan on Sunday, 5th November, 2017 is not true. The Agency under the leadership of Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, only received commendation from the EFCC.
“In the reported petition, the faceless petitioners, Muhammad Yusuf and Rebecca Emeleogwu, purportedly representing Good Governance and Accountability Monitoring Group, alleged that the Management of the Agency has by-passed due process in the award of contracts in the 2017 budget”.
Umar noted that the details of the violations were not substantiated, and “We write to categorically deny these allegations. The Agency, since assumption of office of the current Director General/CEO, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has been making serious efforts at fighting corrupt practices within and outside the Agency.
“It is on record that in this effort to ensure transparency and accountability, the current Director-General is the only Chief Executive in history of the Agency that implemented almost 100 percent of the Auditor-General for the Federation’s audit recommendations regarding financial and other irregularities in the Agency”.
The agency also denied that it is
attempting to circumvent due process requirements in the implementation of the 2017 approved Budget.
“It is essential to note that the Agency is not under any investigation under current administration, either by EFCC or any other investigating agency.
“As a man of proven integrity who is in the forefront of supporting Mr President’s fight against corruption, the Director General sought the support of anti-corruption Agencies such as the EFCC and ICPC in fighting corruption in IT Procurements in Federal Government’s Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs)”.
Nitda further threatened to challenge anyone involved in character assassination to court.
Meanwhile the Communications Minister’s in a text message to Gtechnews explained that his words were distorted by the media.
According to him, any aggrieved person has a duty to correct wrong impressions deliberately or negligently.
Recall that a petition had been written in September by a civil organisation under aegis of Good Governance and Accountability Monitoring Group(GGAMG),against Nitda over alledged disobedience to procurement Act and perceived grand plan to cede the entire budget to Galaxy Backbone, another agency of the government.