By Austin Ogwuda
ASABAâ€”The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) in Delta State has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to urgently investigate alleged largesse of N150 million paid monthly to members of the State House of Assembly for sharing, describing the act as mismanagement of public funds.
Also fresh facts emerged yesterday that it is actually N250 million that DESOPADEC pumps into the House monthly and not N150 million, according to an insider.
On his part, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Martin Okonta, yesterday reacted to the unearthing of the deal which is already snowballing into an impeachment drive. Okonta, through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Frank Whyte Osabohien, said â€œthere is no iota of truth in the said publicationâ€ and blamed it on mischief makers.
According to him, â€œthe House leadership, therefore, views the report as an attempt by mischief makers to cause disharmony among members and distract the House from its constitutional mandateâ€.
CDHR in a statement signed by its Chairman, Mr. Oghenejabor Ikimi, said â€œwe call on the EFCC to investigate the above scam as we all Nigerians to shun and reject corrupt leaders and their ill gotten wealth, as that is the only panacea to ensuring transparency and good governance in the polity.
â€œOur attention has been drawn to Vanguard newspapers publicationÂ over the alleged sum of N150 monthly largesse paid by DESOPADEC to members of Delta State House of Assembly as public relations, out of which the sum of N50 million is declared by the principal officers to other members of the House.
â€œWe condemn the above act of looting and mismanagement of public funds by public office holders in the state and we state that same has further confirmed the fact that DESOPADEC as an agency of the state government is a drain pipe, despite the vote of confidence passed on it twice by the state governor in public glareâ€, the statement added.