Campaign for Democracy (CD), a human Rights group, has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC) to probe the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) and the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). The group also wants Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) and the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to be included in the probe.
A statement signed by Dede Uzor A. Uzor in Onitsha, the South-East Chairman of the group said that the call for the probe of these agencies is in line with President Buhari’s anti-corruption policies.
Mr.Uzor said that these government agencies have mismanaged billions of budgetary funds allocated to them and have made money from Nigerians and other stakeholders illegally.
“NAFDAC subjected and tasked importers to pay over N1 million for registration of a single pharmaceutical product compared to many products owned by traders. SON is a centre of corruption, which has kept a blind eye paving a way for flooding of our markets with fake and substandard products from China and India, leading to many deaths in Nigeria. Such products include electronics, spare parts etc.
“NERC is also an epitome of corrupt practices. The leadership should tell Nigerians how much they made from the privatization of the electricity companies as well as the recent increament in electricity tariff. What is painful is that most of the leadership of these agencies were about to complete their 10-year second tenure in office without any single account. The agencies have made over N500 billion in the last 15 years.”
Campaign for Democracy (CD) is a non-governmental organization founded by late Dr. Beko Ransom Kuti and others, with the aim of ensuring sustained democracy in Nigeria.