The unholy alliance that exist between the Minister of Communication Barr. Shittu Adebayo and the former Ag. Director General of NITDA Dr. Vincent Olatunji that saw billions of Naira fleeced from NITDA’s coffers has further been revealed.
Recall that the current DG of NITDA Dr. Isah Pantami instituted a committee headed by the former NITDA procurement director to probe the alleged diversion of the agency’s funds running into billions of Naira and other impunity following LeadingReporters report on the diversion of over N7b within less than four months and fleecing monies meant for the establishment of ICT Hubs in the Local Government Areas.
Records exclusively obtained by LeadingReporters revealed how Dr. Vincent Olatunji approved several monies for the Minister for non-existing foreign and local trips.
The Federal government through several circulars on guidelines on the relationship between Parastatals and their supervising Ministries/Ministers warned that Ministers should not under any guise interfere in the finances of parastatals under them by requesting them to provide guest houses, fleet of cars or Naira/Dollar cover for estacode allowances for their Ministers and or other staff of the Ministry since Ministries and Ministers have their own budgets.
Information at the disposal of LeadingReporters revealed that the Minister who is heavily indicted is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the committee mandated to probe the alleged missing N7bn when his godson held sway as Ag. DG of NITDA is frustrated at inauguration.
Currently, it is alleged that the Minister is reaching out to top religious and traditional echelons to dissuade the DG from allowing the committee to function.
”Barr. Shittu Adebayo saw a ripe orchard in NITDA since NCC, NIGCOMSAT and other agencies under the Ministry of Communication looked like a no-go-area for him. Towards this, he did everything in his power to ensure that Dr. Vincent Olatunji’ is confirmed as the Director General of NITDA. This involved several visits and financial largesse to some highly placed traditional and religious echelons. Fortunes were spent in this desperate mission. At the end of all the spending sprees, his godson Dr. Vincent Olatunji could not be confirmed the Director General. Now, the duo are fighting to stay afloat and to avert the anti-corruption winds from blowing their ways and possibly blowing them off”
According to information exclusively obtained by LeadingReporters, the Minister connived with the former Ag. DG of NITDA to device every possible means to rip off the agency. According to a source who spoke to LeadingReporters on condition of anonymity, the Minister who is allegedly nurturing a guber ambition turned NITDA to milking cow to prosecute his ambition.
Part of the scheme was to severally get Vincent to approve countless estacodes for overseas trips. Our source confirmed that most of those trips never held. They were part of the means devised through which the Minister mops up funds accruing to the agency in connivance with Dr. Vincent Olatunji.