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Friday, 9 December 2016

Rebuilding North-East: Presidential initiative on North-East unable to account for 2.5billion fund

Nigerian Senate

Senate public hearing discovers presidential initiative on North-East unable to account for NGN 2.5BN, Monies meant for reconstruction and rehab of communities.
EU releases fresh 20 million Euros to support Nigeria's rebuilding of North-East ravaged by insurgency.

The Presidential Initiative for the North East, PINE, stinks of corruption and poor accountability standards thus hindering efforts at addressing the humanitarian crisis and rebuilding infrastructure in the region, lawmakers have said.
The Senate ad-hoc committee on the north-east humanitarian crisis uncovered what appeared to be cases of corruption, including phantom projects and inflated contracts at the PINE during a hearing on Tuesday.
At the hearing, PINE could not properly account for about N2.5 billion, part of funds released for it for capital intervention.
In one case, PINE’S boss, Umar Gulani, claimed that the agency spent N203 million to clear taipa grass in Yobe State; but this was rebutted by the State’s Commissioner for Information, Mohammed Lamin.

Mr. Lamin said “no taipa grass was cleared in the state by any federal government agency in Yobe State.”
Mr. Gulani also claimed PINE expended N253 million on the clearing of invasive plants species around river banks in the state; and another N422.5 million to provide temporary shelter (tents) to displaced families in the state

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