Corruption: ‎Coalition Wants Buhari To Probe NEPC Finances Under Segun Awolowo

Corruption: ‎Coalition Wants Buhari To Probe NEPC Finances Under Segun Awolowo
Chris Steven, Abuja

The Coalition of Patriots Against Agents of Corruption has called on  President Muhammadu Buhari to order a full scale investigation into the finances of Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) under the leadership of Segun Awolowo.

The Coalition is asking Awolowo who is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Council (NEPC) to resign from office following the catalogue of maladministration and corruption in the organisation as exposed by an online publication.

A statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by the Coalition’s Coordinator, Linus Ejilogo said Awolowo’s resignation would save everyone who belongs to the Awo School of Leadership the embarrassment caused by his administrative recklessness.

The Coalition lamented that the over N60million alleged to have been frittered away by the NEPC ED/CEO did not translate into any meaningful gains for the economy which made it apparent that he was globetrotting for fun instead of making the direly needed contributions to diversifying the economy.

It faulted him for circumventing extant public service regulations to service his cronies noting that the Presidency must act as quickly as possible to ensure that the questionable culture introduced by the NEPC boss does not spread to other government agencies.

“It was appalling that Mr Awolowo fraudulently conducted promotion examinations to favour his cronies. This is a practice that even the private sector would not condone. It is even more ridiculous that he tried to smuggle his aides from the private sector into the directorate cadre without recourse to regulations.

“It is even more worrisome that many of his actions were driven by ethnic and sectional consideration at a time when most Nigerians are yearning for greater integration.

“The way and manner Mr Awolowo is running NEPC has no doubt led to the inability of the organisation to to make meaningful contributions to the diversification of the economy.

Even if he had accepted the position to enrich himself, the current economic hardship caused by falling crude prices should have changed his mind to act in the interest of the country.

“Mr Awolowo must therefore resign to allow for investigations into the atrocities he committed in NEPC as no objective probe would take place when he continues to have the capacity to interfere with investigations.

“We appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately order a full scale investigation into the administration and finances of the council since the inability of the council to perform had denied many youths the employment opportunities that would have come with increased exportation of Nigerian products.

“Mr President must also asked the investigation to unravel who Mr Awolowo’s accomplices are in the supervising Ministry of Trade and Investment, which seemed to have shielded the fraud at NEPC.” The group demanded.

The coalition revealed it was in talks with other groups of like minds and youth oriented NGOs to consider the next line of action should he refused to heed the call to resign.