- The Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA) has clarified a recent media report on its activities
- The BCDA was reacting to a recent media report which scrutinised some payments made by the agency
- A statement from the agency noted that the series of payments were legitimate and went through the appropriate checks
The Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA) has said that contrary to a recent media report, there were no illegitimate payments into private accounts of individuals in the agency as alleged other than legitimate payments made to staff members to carry out official duties.
This was contained in a statement signed by the spokesman, Sadiq Isa on Thursday, December 17 and sent to Legit.ng.
Isa further said that if there were to be anything untoward in the payments they would not be on the federal government treasury open payment platform.
He also gave insights on the specific issue of payment to staff for Duty Tour Allowance (DTA) and conferences.
According to him, the payments were made in 2019 and have been verified, authenticated, and audited by federal government agencies responsible for routine and yearly auditing at the end of the 2019 financial year.
The statement reads in part:
“It is pertinent to point out that upon receipt of the FOI request, the agency directed two senior staffers to visit the online newspaper office were all relevant documents were presented to staff of the media organization for sighting.
“These include original copies of memos, approvals, payment vouchers, and receipts in respect of the mentioned payments.”
The statement said the online newspaper decided to ignore all the presented facts.
The statement further reiterated that the payments were not personal or individual to the mentioned officers, but to a group of staffers for expenditures that span over a period of five months.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has signed an agreement for the transportation of imported petroleum products from Niger Republic.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by Garba Deen Mohammed, media aide to the minister of petroleum on Thursday, November 19.
In another development, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has stated that most Quranic education school pupils, popularly referred to as almajiri who roam the streets in the northern part of the country, are not Nigerians.
Ganduje made the comment while declaring open, a 3-day retreat organised by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in Kano state, saying most of them are from Chad, Niger Republic, and Cameroon.
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