Members of the coalition of North East Civil Society Organizations (NECSOS) has passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of the North East Development Commission (NEDC).
The group also demanded an apology from the House of Representatives on the alleged N100 million misappropriation by the leadership of the commission.
Addressing a press conference yesterday in Abuja yesterday, the president of the North East Youth Initiatives for Peace and Good Governance, Comrade Mohammed Rilwan, said the action has created unnecessary, avoidable confusion and distraction on the attention of the leadership of the commission with a malicious allegation against the organization.
Rilwan noted that NEDC has performed credibly well and still contributing immensely to the infrastructure and socio-economic development of the North East region.
“We see the action of the lawmaker as a smear campaign against the commission and to the North east which will eventually fail in its entirety”.
“We wish to emphasize categorically, that the resolution is also an attempt to smear and dent the good image of the commission’s leadership and by extension, the North despite the fact that the commission had performed beyond expectations.
“We appeal to our legislators to concentrate their energy, in their constitutional role of lawmaking and oversight functions, to enhance transparency and accountability in governance.”
Also speaking, the President of Northern Youth Association of Nigeria (NYAN), Comrade Godiya Adam, noted that the management of NEDC has maintained a harmonious relationship with the House of Representatives Committee on the North East Development Commission.