EFCC Commence Investigation Into Centenary City Projectby Ezinna Bosah 08/10/2015 15:12:00 0 comments 1 Views
Anti-graft body, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has kick started an investigation into the activities of the Centenary City Project which was initiated by former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
EFCC Boss, Ibrahim Lamorde
The EFCC which is acting on a petition it received from a group called Nigerian Unemployed Youth Vanguard (NUYV), has asked the group provide them with facts concerning the project.
The invitation was extended to the group by the EFCC, even as the anti-graft body encouraged the NUYV to furnish them with more information that would help nab some top government officials in the Jonathan administration, who allegedly used the project as an avenue to steal from government’s purse.
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According to Vanguard, the Centenary City Project initiative was meant to be a monument to commemorate Nigeria’s 100 years of nationhood.
The National Coordinator of NUYV, Solomon Adodo, while briefing journalists after their meeting with EFCC officials, said they were satisfied that those involved in the alleged fraud would be brought to book.
About a year ago, Jonathan led an official delegation to perform the unveiling and ground-breaking ceremony of the Abuja Centenary City Project.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed an assurance from the Centenary City Plc that all the original inhabitants of the site have been fully compensated.
Buhari made his position known about a month ago when the Chairman of the company’s board of directors and Nigeria’s former military president, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and members of its management team visited him.
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Two months ago, a group named Ohaneze Ndigbo Christian Youths in Diaspora called on the president to investigate the whole project, accusing former secretary to the government of the federation, Senator Pius Anyim of acquiring shares in the project by proxy against civil service rules.