Rice Donated by the Chinese Government Rot in NEMA’S Warehouse

The DG of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Maihaja has been under investigation for unproven violation of public trust, Financial improprieties and mismanagement of materials from donors.

Among other Allegations, the House of Representative Committee on national emergency and disaster preparedness is grilling the NEMA boss on how the agency managed 6,779 metric tons of rice sent by the Chinese Government to internally displaced persons in Nigeria.

According to Sahara Reporters, NEMA did not commerce clearance of rice for more than six months after the rice donation had entered the shores of Nigeria.

During the interrogation of the NEMA boss by the committee, it was revealed that over 100 containers of rice are yet to be cleared at the ports, The rice had cost the taxpayers N400 million as demurrage and additional N161 million expenditure on delivery and logistics.

Ali Isa, also queried NEMA for allege N3 billion rice contract awarded to Olam Nigeria Limited and two Brothers without checking for tax clearance of the companies.

The NEMA boss, however, denies wrongdoing, saying the agency engaged the companies “under emergency as prescribed under the Emergency act”.

The committee addressing pressmen on Tuesday, said it would not be blackmailed into backing out of the investigation into the unprovened diversion of N23 billion funds approved for NEMA under Maihaja.

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