Our executive secretary, executive staff not named in any corruption allegations – FCDA
By GRACE AUDU, Abuja –
The Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) has argued that, unlike media reports, neither its executive secretary, Mr. Abdullahi Kuyanbana, nor any member of its senior staff has been named in any corruption allegation.
FCDA public relations chief Mr. Richard A. Nduul said in Abuja when reacting to some press reports arising from the ongoing investigation into the real estate sector in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) , by the House of Representatives. -hoc Committee, chaired by the Hon. Blessing Onuh.
In a statement issued in Abuja over the weekend, Nduul said the reports mentioned appeared in some newspapers on November 17, 2021 with captions such as “Committee of Representatives to subpoena FCDA officials for real estate fraud” and “The House committee convenes the FCDA Executive Secretary on corruption allegations.
According to the statement, the crux of the matter, citing the chairman of the ad hoc committee, the Hon. Onuh’s blessing was the alleged “failure of some of the CTF’s heads of agencies to honor an invitation to appear before the Committee” for which the Committee held the Executive Secretary of FCDA accountable.
The allegation of the Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses (ICPC) is associated with the summons that “FCDA officials collude with members of the Association of Real Estate Developers of Nigeria (REDAN) to defraud the beneficiaries of the mass housing program in Abuja. “
Mr. Nduul however explained that on the contrary, “Mr. Abdullahi Kuyanbana’s summons is simply based on the fact that he led the CTF delegation to the investigative hearing.
Continuing, he said, “It should be further noted that although Decree 6 of 1976 created FCDA and made it responsible for the planning, development and administration of the federal capital (FCC ) as a whole, Dissolution Order No. 1 of 2004 approved the establishment of mandate secretariats as well as agencies to take over some of the functions of the Authority, while limiting the DCF to the development of physical infrastructure of the CTF.
“To that extent, FCDA cannot be held responsible for the actions or inactions of independent agencies, so to speak, over which it has no oversight role,” he said.
He assured the public that whenever the mission of the ad hoc committee is completed and it will be necessary for the FCDA to respond to any shortcomings, it will be more than willing to do so.
While saying that the intention of the statement was not to join issues with anyone or an organization, Mr. Nduul however explained that FCDA has a duty to the public to explain or shed light. on certain misconceptions in the public domain as a result of the publications in the newspapers “in order not to give the impression that the silence of the Authority is an acceptance that it is guilty of the alleged facts even before the committee ad hoc has completed its mission ”.