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NBC denies hiding N10bn Digital Switch Over fund in private account

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The Director-Basic of the Nationwide Broadcasting Fee (NBC), Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, on Tuesday reacted to some media reviews that the sum of N10 billion meant for Digital Swap Over was saved in a personal account.

Talking with newsmen in Abuja on the allegation, the NBC boss additionally refuted reviews of an alleged rift between the fee and the Minister of Data and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, describing it as pretend information which stakeholders within the media trade had been battling.

In keeping with him, “the NBC by no means refused any instruction from the minister, the fee is only a parastatal beneath the ministry, there’s a great working relationship between the Fee and the Ministry, there’s no approach we’ll disobey directions from the dad or mum Ministry if there may be one.”

The DG who insisted that there was no time the minister gave him instruction to use for the discharge of the N10 billion as alleged within the pretend report.

He challenged the faceless authors to come back out with their information to contradict his claims.

He defined that the N10 billion reported within the media was a part of the cash for the cost of a few of NBC’s contractors concerned within the challenge of the Digital Swap Over (DSO).

He disclosed that half of the cash was paid to the contractors, saying that the cash was purported to be despatched to the NBC, however following the directive of the Minister of Data and Tradition, the cash was despatched to the ministry as a result of there was no substantive Director-Basic within the NBC on the time the cash was launched.

In keeping with him, “The cash was not housed in any non-public account. To not my data often because I can’t think about any individual of the calibre of a minister that may ship the federal government’s cash to a private account.

“And it isn’t one thing that he can do alone. The cash was not from the ministry. The cash was from the Ministry of Finance. So, I doubt very a lot if the Ministry of Finance will conform to ship that cash to any non-public account. So, actually, to not my data and I don’t suppose it’s doable.”

On the allegation that the cash had yielded over N1 billion curiosity, Ilelah who denied data in regards to the improvement, said that it was for that purpose that the federal government is preventing pretend information and other people sitting down simply to concoct one thing based mostly on their creativeness

“You set cash within the authorities’s account and if there may be curiosity from this cash, you may’t even take the cash to make use of it personally I feel.

“I’m not an accountant and I’ve not been in a Authorities Ministry. However I feel frequent sense is not going to agree with this notion. Deposit Authorities’s cash in your non-public account after which use the curiosity on your private use? I don’t suppose it’s doable.”

The NBC boss additionally debunked the reported raid of the fee by the Impartial Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Fee (ICPC), saying that officers of the ICPC solely visited the NBC for routine checks.

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