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Reps investigate alleged corruption in NIMASA

Reps investigate alleged corruption in NIMASA

The House of Representatives has said it is imperative to probe the Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency (NIMASA) of gross corrupt practices leveled against it by Nigerians.

Speaking at the commencement of the probe in Abuja during the week, chairman of the probe committee, Hon. Ado Alhassan said: “It is my pleasure to address you on this investigative hearing by the House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration to investigate alleged fictitious contract awards and gross mismanagement of billions of naira by the Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency, NIMASA.

I welcome all stakeholders to this important hearing, and I thank you all for honouring our invitation.

“You will observe that the House of Representatives has always taken the issue of diligent investigations of alleged economic crimes with all seriousness. This is in pursuit of thematic issues in our legislative agenda to effect public demand for accountability and transparency by all arms and agencies of government.

“I am happy to note that some of these investigations produce regulation of corrupt practices and have led to prevent wastages of public within our legislative purview as well as funds appropriated by the National Assembly.

“Only yesterday, a committe held a public hearing on the bill for an Act to establish the Maritime Security Agency to promote maritime security among other things. This shows the premium attention given to the sector by the House of Representatives, due to its contributions to the development of the country and its potentials to contribute much of the needed revenue for the stabilization of our ailing economy.

“It is imperative to dig out the truth of this alleged corrupt practices in NIMASA so that end can be put to such economic crimne if they proven to be true.

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