The Niger State Fiscal Responsibility Commission is to look into the books of the Niger State Development Company (NSDC), after being denied access to them in the last four years.
NSDC, which was under the leadership of ex-Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu’s younger brother, Ahmed Sani Chiroma, was said to have allegedly refused to submit its reports in the last four years.
The company was responsible of facilitating and driving investments in the state during Governor Aliyu’s tenure. It also collected revenue from the investments.
The Acting Chairman of the Niger State Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Ahmed Lwafu, who sought an order from the House of Assembly, told the Speaker, Ahmed Marafa, that during the last four years, there was alleged impunity by powerful Ministry, Department and Agency (MDA) officials, who refused to give financial information to the commission.
Lwafu alleged: “In the last four years, there was no time we requested information, especially about finance, from NSDC that we were given. There was a culture of impunity by powerful MDA officials, who refused to say how they operated and when we tried to get it by force, the powers that be stopped our probe.”
The acting chairman narrated how the attorney- general allegedly stalled their quest to tackle non-compliance.
“During these cases, we went to the attorney-general before any action could be taken to enforce and prosecute cases of non-compliance. The Ministry of Justice stalled this process.”
Marafa directed the Clerk to write the agencies mentioned to forward the financial records, activities and other documents requested by the commission for scrutiny.
He urged the acting chairman to report to him the findings of the reports.