A group under the auspices of Arewa Youth Integrity Forum, has described the House of Representatives probe of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and its director general, Mustapha Maihaja, as politically motivated.
The group in a press conference in Kaduna said the report of the committee did not only veer from the issues placed before it but also sought to exhume allegations made on past chief executives of the agency as new and giving the impression they have to do with the current DG.
Spokesman of the group, Comrade Adamu Adamu said the committee was expected to do a thorough job and come out with objective and unbiased recommendations for the smooth operation of the agency but fell short of expectations.
“What we have seen at the end of the exercise and after so much blowing of hot air is far from what we expect from a parliamentary probe,” he said.
The group said to the best of its knowledge, NEMA has improved tremendously and has been discharging its duties effectively and efficiently since the current administration led by Mustapha Maihaja.
The group said when some states were ravaged by flood in the years 2016 and 2017, NEMA was up and doing in seeing that the victims of such disasters were quickly identified and assisted to pick up the pieces of their lives within the shortest possible time.
“There is also the public awareness campaign mounted by the agency which was a huge success given the awareness that came with the issue of flood which saved many lives,” he said.
The group said for a parliament that seeks the greater good of Nigeria and its citizens, there are agencies of government who due to the sensitive nature of their schedules should be spared the chicaneries of politics.
“It was alleged by the House Committee that there was negligence and inefficiency on the part of NEMA in the handling of a donation of 6,779 metric tons of rice by the Chinese Government for IDPs in the North East and that NEMA and the Federal Ministries of Budget and Planning as well as agriculture should account for the rice.
“This matter has been addressed over and over again and the NEMA management has accounted for the quantity of rice in question.”
On the recommended reinstatement of six suspended staff of NEMA by its management, the group said those exonerated by the committee are under investigation by the EFCC and the board of NEMA under Vice President Yemi Osinbajo did nothing wrong in suspending those persons for the continuation of the investigation.
The group said there is no basis for the House Committee to call for the sack of the NEMA DG as investigations into the matter are still on going and some of the issues were carried over from the previous administration at NEMA.