N3bn Allegations Against NEMA DG Misleading Says CSOs

Reports that Mustapha Ahmed, the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), stole N3 billion in a single month have been refuted by the Integrity Advocacy for Development Initiative (IADI) and the Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG).

The accusation is an attempt to damage Ahmed’s reputation, according to a press briefing given by CSGGG and IADI Conveners Ogakwu Dominic and Chris Ofomhi on Saturday in Abuja.

Dominic added that the DG deserved praise for the steps he had implemented to change the organisation.

He said: “The allegations that the DG of NEMA looted over N3 billion between January and February is baseless, unfounded, malicious and highly misleading.

“Mustapha Habib Ahmed’s tenure as the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has been a tenure marked by a series of commendable achievements, commitment, leadership showmanship, dedication, strategic and sterling vision in handling emergency response and disaster management in Nigeria.

“Over time, he has played a pivotal role in raising public awareness about disaster preparedness and mitigation whilst through commitment to innovation and collaboration, positioned NEMA as a key player in disaster management not only within Nigeria but on the global stage.

“The DG deserves much better than to be placed on Twitter if not a social media grill. Under his leadership, the Agency developed solutions to emerging challenges that will enable the performance of its functions in line with international humanitarian standards.

“In a world where integrity and sincerity can, at times, be scarce, it is crucial to note that the expository in question, lacked detailed facts and credibility, as it heavily relied on hearsay and not absolute fact.

“It, therefore, poses on the readers and digesters of such cancerous reportage to pose crucial questions before accepting false information as infallible truth.”