ByÂ Simon EBEGBULEM, Benin-City
THE Movement Against Corruption in Nigeria (MAC), has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe the currency printing scandal involving the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Chukwuma Soludo.
It also called on the Federal Government to restore or revitalise the Programme Monitoring Department, saying that the lack of the existence of that department had contributed to the poor performance of budgets since the inception of the administration of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua.
Speaking at a seminar in Benin City, organized by the body, the National Chairman of the MAC, Imam Abdurahman Ahmad, frowned that the alleged financial scandal in respect of the contract award for the printing of the polymer notes that were introduced during the tenure of Professor Soludo as Governor the CBN had been swept under the carpet.
According to him, â€œthis is not too shocking as that administration never exhibited any sincere respect for integrity.
Shortly after the so called bank consolidation for instance, the 25 banks that survived the consolidation trial threw N25million party for Prof.Soludo. What ever that was meant to achieve was not clear until Sanusi took over the leadership of the apex bank and it was public knowledge that the clean bill issued by Prof.Soludo was a bastardized one after all.
â€œNow that the nation has argued that the currency scandal does not deserve any thing less. This is particularly necessary to make the people of Anambra get to know better one of their own aspiring to the position of the state governor.
That is why the EFCC must revisit the issue now that he has no immunity because it is our believe that he and his cohorts would want to hide under immunity and that is why they desperately want to install him as Governor of Anambra stateâ€ he stated.