Allegation of N1.3bn against SMEDAN DG misleading – Group

Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG) has described as misleading reports making the round that the Director General of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda, disbursed N1.3 billion without following due process.

The Director of Programs of the group, or Good Governance, Comrade Olorunfemi Edwin, in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday said the report was also ignorant of the working of government as it regards spending.

He said it is even more worrisome that the report delved into realms that question their integrity on matters that bothers on government spending.

“While as a group we support citizen actions against corruption especially under this administration, we find it extremely worrisome that certain individuals have made it an avenue for malicious publication and witch hunting exercise.

He said “For the records, this is not only an attack on SMEDAN but the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as no sane government with all the instrumentality for ensuring due process and diligence will carelessly make public funds available to contractors without proper verification.

“We find the report curious and unpatriotic as no efforts were made to balance the narrative as our organisation along with the anti-graft agencies have launched an independent inquiry on the said matter and our findings reveal that the contractors were duly procured and all projects executed according to the terms of engagement before payment.

“Consequently, we implore Capital Post to ensure that they take advantage of the freedom of information act and make all necessary inquiries to avoid misleading Nigerians and the general public therefore protecting the pristine role of the media in fighting corruption and promoting good governance as a stitch in time saves nine”, he said.

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