- A civil society organisation has condemned attacks on the minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management Sadiya Farouq
- The organisation said the attacks and allegation of fraud against the minister and the managing director of the North East Development Commission is unfounded
- According to the organisation, the allegations and "false claims are being peddled against the minister and the NEDC managing director to cause distractions
The Good Governance and Transparency Coalition (GGTC) has rubbished allegations of fraud levelled against the leadership of the North East Development Commission (NEDC).
The group also absolved the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Farouq and NEDC's managing director, Musa Umar, of any wrongdoing.
Speaking on behalf of the group at a press conference on Tuesday, July 21, the national coordinator of the group, Agibi Gabriel extolled the achievements of the commission and the ministry in the past year.
Gabriel said the NEDC charged with the responsibility to assess, coordinate, harmonise all of the federal government's intervention programs, and initiatives in the northeast have not relegated in its responsibilities.
He said the thorough investigation and fact-finding mission in the region is evident to show that the group is appreciative of the entrenchment of transparency in NEDC's operations.
"We wish to state that the crisis in northeast Nigeria has come with its attendant loss of lives, destruction of properties and displacement of millions of people," Gabriel said.
Gabriel said there is a smear campaign targeted at not just the NEDC but also the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development whose track record speaks volume.
"This is indeed not a time for distractions as Nigerians are more aware of the successes recorded in northeast Nigeria," Gabriel added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the minister had been commended for supervising the distribution of aides to vulnerable Nigerians across the nation.
The commendation was given to the minister by the Coalition for Good Governance over her commitment to ensuring the poorest of Nigerians receive help following the coronavirus pandemic.
The group said the minister's management of emergency issues and the N-Power scheme which recently began enrolling Batch C is worthy of emulation.
Also, the federal government said that only 400,000 applicants will be absorbed into the third batch of the National Social Investment Scheme (NSIP).
The announcement was made by Hajiya Farouq on her Twitter page 16 days after the portal was opened for registration.
Farouq said not less than 4.48 million people who indicated interest to be employees on the platform.
Farouq also confirmed reports that about 12,000 N-Power beneficiaries were yet to be paid their three-month stipends.
The minister said the delay in paying the volunteers was as a result of administrative issues, withing the ministry.
She also assured that her ministry was working to resolve it with the office of the accountant general.
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