NASENI denies corruption allegation against DG
The management of National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI, has denied the recent corruption allegations levelled against its Director General, Prof. Mohammed Haruna.
A newspaper had penultimate week reported that an anti-corruption group, the Corruption Practices Eradication Organisation of Nigeria, COPEON, in May, sent a five page petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to probe Prof. Haruna over alleged corruption and fraudulent research products claim.
The petition signed by Valentine Obiajulu, alleged widespread financial irregularities in the award of contract up to the tune of N480million and another 110,000 Euros by the NASENI boss, among other accusation
But describing the accusations as spurious and unfounded, spokesman, Segun Ayeoyenikan, said those who wrote the corruption allegation petition were carrying out a “hatchet job to tarnish the image of Prof. Haruna and destroy NASENI.
Ayeoyenikan in a statement said: “Let it be clear that the EVC/CE of NASENI has no case with EFCC or any anti-graft agency.
“The management of NASENI has described the so-called informant-corruption group, COPEON, as a faceless group without any known programmes or activities in Nigeria.
“The agency is urging the Nigerian public to dismiss the group as mere hatchet group whose only goal is to be used as platform to carry out campaign of calumny, other dirty jobs, malicious rumours and a move calculated to run-down the good work of NASENI’s CEO who is currently working hard to develop and promote the nation’s Science, Innovation and Technology system.”