NASS probes alleged fraudulent multi-billion naira deals in NIMASA

NASS probes alleged fraudulent multi-billion naira deals in NIMASA

- In a bid to curb corruption in the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the National Assembly (NASS) has vowed to carry out investigation into some allegations of corruption in the body

- Yakubu Dogara, the speaker of NASS, said that the House has always taken the issue of financial corruption seriously

- Dogara said that the diligence of the NASS in investigating cases of corruption has led to the unravelling of some fraud carried out in certain agencies

The speaker of the National Assembly (NASS), Yakubu Dogara, has said that the House is investigating allegations of fraudulent deals and mismanagement of billions of naira by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

He said this in his speech at the opening ceremony of the investigative hearing organised by the House committee on maritime safety, education and administration on alleged corrupt practices in NIMASA at the National Assembly.

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Dogara stated: “It is imperative to dig out the truth of these alleged corrupt practices in NIMASA so that an end can be put to such economic crimes, if they are proven to be true, to enable the masses enjoy their legitimate benefits from our common dividends.”

The speaker stated that the House of Representatives has always taken the issue of diligent investigation of alleged economic crimes seriously, adding that this has led to the unveiling of huge fraud cases.

Dogara: “This is in pursuance of the thematic issues in our Legislative Agenda to effect public demand for transparency and accountability by all Arms and Agencies of Government.

"I am happy to note that some of these investigations produced revelations of corrupt practices and have helped to prevent wastages of public resources within our Legislative purview as well as funds appropriated by us.”

“Only yesterday, this Committee held a Public Hearing on a Bill For an Act to Establish The Maritime Security Agency to Promote Maritime Security, Among Other Things.

"This shows the premium attention given to the sector by the House of Representatives due to its contributions to the development of the country, and its potentials to contribute much of the needed revenue for the stabilization of our ailing economy.”

He appealed to stakeholders to make their presentations without fear or favour but in the interest of the nation and the committee to be diligent and absolute in their investigations and interactions with the various agencies.

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Dogara remarked: “The House is desirous of receiving a report that will justify the efforts put into the exercise. This can only happen if all those that are in the position to supply necessary information do so with sincerity and open mind.”

Meanwhile, reported that the NASS had on Monday, May 28, responded to the allegation of corruption levelled against it by the former chairman of the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega.

The Senate spokesperson, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, while reacting to Jega's accusation, said the ex-INEC chairman can go ahead and make whatever claim he wants.

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