NITDA Debunks Report Accusing It Of Receiving N1bn From NCC
The National Information Technology Development Agency NITDA has debunked rumours that it received one billion naira from the Nigerian Communications Commission at the instance of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.
NITDA described the allegations as malicious, libellous and a futile attempt to undermine the agency’s reputation.
According to NITDA, an online media had alleged that the Minister of Communication had directed the NCC to release one billion naira (N1bn) to it for a non-existent digital learning scheme.
But NITDA says it does not ‘‘promote and has never promoted any program with the title “Digital Learning Scheme” and has never received any sum from the NCC for any phantom project’’
NITDA affirmed that as all other Federal Public Institutions, the organisation has a strict budgeting and accounting process that is reviewed by the oversight committees of the National Assembly.
‘‘NITDA operates the Treasury Single Account (TSA), primarily designed to enthrone centralised, transparent and accountable revenue management. All NITDA’s expenditures go through the rigorous auditing process as required by law under the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation. Therefore, if any anomaly such as alleged in this dubious piece published by Sahara Reporters is flagged by the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation, NITDA and NCC would have been indicted by the Auditor General. She explained’’
The agency therefore said that it has given a seven-day ultimatum to publishers of an online media over the alleged libellous piece against it and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and to withdraw the publications and publicly apologize or face legal action.
“We ask the members of the public to disregard the allegations in the publications and utilize the freedom of information, Act, laws of Nigeria, 2011, to unravel the truth on any transaction or records of our client that can be legally made public”.