These indeed are not the best of times for the embattled and suspended Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr Peter Jack.
Still battling with various cases of financial improprieties in the agency leveled against him during his tenure which had already led to his suspension from office, Jack has been fingered in another scam rocking the agency.
The total amount involved in this fresh scandal is more than N600 million.
In a detailed petition to the Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, by aggrieved members of staff of the agency, they described the various transactions in the agency as a grievious abuse of civil service rule.
They alleged further that the suspended Director General wilfully engaged in sundry financial impropriety through illegal payments into his favourite members of staffs’ accounts in total disregard to the Federal Government’s extant rule.
These payments to staff private accounts total about N200 million which far in excess of Federal Government approved amount for cash advances.
They also alleged that the embattled DG paid huge amounts of money to his favourite staff for services not rendered, which money could have been spned on projects awarded to contractors through due process.
The petitioners further alleged that the suspended DG paid estacodes of over N153.113 million to his cronnies for unsubstantiated journeys.
The concerned members of staff also raised questions on the payments of well over N40 million to contractors without recourse to the dictate of due process while adding that a whopping sum of N4 million to newly seconded staff from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a notorious defiant of extant rules governing public office.
As if these were not enough, they alleged gross irregularities in the payments of rents for offices of the agency summing up to N68.578 million while grants which were paid without due process amounted to N65.950 million to several trumped up bodies and organizations.
It was because of the aforementioned monumental fraud that the petitioners urged the Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, the National Assembly as well as the various anti graft agencies to beam further searchlight on the tenure of the suspended Director General, Mr Peter Jack in line with the policy of President Muhammad Buhari to fight corruption and instill sanity in the system.