NACAT Urges Wike To Probe FCT Procurement Director For Abuse Of Office

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Nyesom Wike, has been urged by the Network Against Corruption and Trafficking (NACAT) to look into the allegations made against Onsachi Musa Idris, the Executive Director, Procurement of the FCT, regarding ownership and management of private companies while still in active service against extant rules.
Speaking via a statement released in Abuja on Sunday and signed by Oghenedoro Tega, NACAT’s Executive Director of Investigation, the group accused Idris of allegedly abusing his position and breaking public rules.
According to the NGO, Idris violated the law by failing to disclose his companies to the Code of Conduct Bureau.
They subsequently called on Wike to suspend Idris pending the investigation of the allegation.
They insisted that a public officer should not put himself in a position where his personal interest conflicts with his duties and responsibilities.
The group warned that they would take legal action if the authorities fail to probe Idris.
The statement read in part, “NACAT’s findings revealed that Onsachi Musa Idris, the Executive Director, Procurement, of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), and some of his members have interest as directors in the companies, “Hollywood Films, Television and Creative Arts Institute Limited – RC 1280962 – registered on 14th August 2015 and El-Meela Heritage International School Limited – RC – 1282658, registered on 24th August 2015, but he did not declare them in his Assets and Liabilities Declaration Forms with the Code of Conduct Bureau, in compliance with the law.
“A public officer shall not put himself in a position where his personal interest conflicts with his duties and responsibilities.
“By not declaring the company, it is our believe that Mr. Idris may have used his influence to interfere with the procurement procedures and processes thereby influencing contracts to the company and denying other companies of fair processes.
“The group further threatened to take legal action if the right authorities failed to probe Mr. Idris for the alleged offence.
“As an NGO with a mandate to fight corruption and various anti-corruption war to our credit, we are concerned that such an official would be allowed to continue in the service without appropriate investigative action and/or punitive actions taken against him.
“That is why we are calling on the relevant agencies to begin probe of the director.”
“NACAT particularly asked the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, to immediately suspend Idris from office pending the investigation of its allegation to forestall hiding of information that will be relevant to the case.
“We do not understand how a director will owns a school as well as another company and instead of resigning from his FG job to face his private businesses, he chose to run it side by side. Hence Idris should not be spared for violating the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Ada Peter
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