By; BASHIR BELLO Dollars, Abuja.
The chairman House ad-hoc Committee investigating issues of IPPIS and Job racketeering in the Federal Government’s departments and agencies, has debunked money exchange alleged by an online medium, Premium Times between the Adhoc committee and the committee of Rectors of various polytechnic in Nigeria.
The chairman of the committee Hon Yusuf Gagdi gave the hint in his brief during the committee’s sitting and interview with newsmen after the sitting yesterday.
Hon Gagdi at the beginning of the committee’s sitting, asked the chairman and members to testify before the general public if there was any money exchanged between them as narrated by the Premium Times recently.
“If we may recall, last week, the Premium Times reported that there was money exchanged in the course of the committee’s hearing, stressing that it was in hard currency, Dollars.”
Consequent upon this, however, the chairman of the committee, Hon Yusuf Gagdi put it forth to the stakeholders who appeared before the committee to clear his committee from the alleged shady deal by the Premium Times.
Hon Gagdi further explained that he has already invited ICPC to investigate the account said to have been used in the report by the Premium Times.
Supporting this point after the sitting in an interview with the chairman of the committee of Rectors, Dr. Yahya Umar Bande and Rector of Kauran Namoda Polytechnic, said it was wrong for a medium to write such insinuations because Thursday was the first day they appeared before the committee.
Dr. Bande assured Nigerians that as chairman of the Committee of Rectors, he has never engaged in any thing of that nature and would not, because all they do is for the interest of the general public
He expressed delight that the investigation will put a lot of things in a proper shape and employment of lecturers will be in accordance with the ethical standard of the Federal Character Commission.
The committee continues to engage more MDAs to be able to meet up with terms of reference of their mandate, assuring to do the best in achieving success in the investigation exercise.