By Ejike Ejike, Abuja
The National Emergency Management Agency has denied allegations by the Chairman of the House Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness as well as a member of House of Representative that the agency had spent a colossal sum 13 billion naira in just one month.
The Agency, in statement yesterday, said on the assumption of new Director General, only the sum of 4.6 million naira was in the account of the agency to cater among other things for the multitude of problems including 1.8 million naira Internally Displaced Persons in the North East.
The agency further explained that “on the second leg of allegation that the DG was invited three times by the Committee to explain how he expended the “alleged 13billion” and he refused to honour the invitation on each occasion, this too, was also a fabrication and blatant misrepresentation of fact. From all indication, this again was meant to portray the DG in bad light and cause disaffection between the members of the National Assembly and the Agency, thereby jeopardizing the mutual and beneficial working relationship developed overtimes.
“On the said three invitations referred to, we wish to state that when the Agency was about honouring the first invitation, the Chairman of the Committee personally appeared in the Agency Headquarters and instructed the management not to honour the invitation, as same was conveyed without his authorization. On the second invitation, we wish to state categorically and without fear of any contradiction whatsoever that the Management of the Agency honoured the second invitation.
“When the third invitation was extended to the Agency and in view of the fact that during the period, the DG was away to Banki (Borno State) on an urgent emergency mission, the Agency wrote to the Committee expressing its inability to hounour the invitation. The committee even officially acknowledged the said letter.
“It is therefore curious, surprising and most unfortunate that in spite of available evidences confirming the true and actual position of what transpired, the presenter could still fabricate and/ or concoct lies, deliberate falsehood and/or misrepresentation in the mind of public to achieve a sinister motive, which we believe is not the position of the Committee.”
The statement also noted that “the entire publication, from all intent and purposes, is intended to cause confusion, distrust and mislead the public. It is self-serving and politically motivated. From all indication the publications may not have been genuinely authorized and same should be discarded.”