#DasukiGate No More, NIMASA Told to Use Revenue for Public Good

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Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara

It wasn’t too long ago that retired Col. Sambo Dasuki was brought to task for an alleged arms deal scandal amounting to $2bn in missing funds. Dasuki served as a former National Security Adviser (NSA) to Goodluck Jonathan and became the face of corruption at the behest of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), after a false armament deal.

The former NSA was first charged on August 24, 2015. His charges were supplemented in December and now stand at 19 counts of fraud, money laundering and breach of trust.

He is the most senior official to be charged, hence serving as the face of the overall controversy. He pleaded not guilty on all counts. In the continuity of the determined pursuit to sweep out corruption and fraudulent activity from the historical legacy of Nigeria, the EFCC traced another N4.4bn to the account of retired Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, Badeh was among dozens who have been charged with not using funds towards the public good.

The Federal Government went further to elect a new Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Director General to oversee the agency to stamp out corruption.

The House of Representatives says it expects that the revenue generated by NIMASA be used for public good and not for private interests.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, gave the charge on Wednesday in Abuja, during the public hearing on revenue leakages and operational deficiencies in NIMASA. Speaker Dogara expressed hope that with the new leadership in the agency and from the results expected from the investigation, revenue from the agency would flow into government coffers.

The Chairman, House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration, Mohammed Bago, on his part made it clear that the investigation was to ensure that government gets its due.

The Director General of NIMASA, Peterside Dakuku, outlined some of the challenges confronting the agency.

Agreeing with the Speaker, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transportation, Sabiu Zakari, said that the government was also carrying out a full investigation into all the operations of the agency.

The House Committee is expected to submit its report to the House for consideration and adoption.