NDDC, Customs are nests of corruption; NDDC bought 70 luxury cars in a recession – Sagay
Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, Professor Itse Sagay SAN, has revealed a festering of corruption within the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, and the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, even under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
He also revealed how the NDDC recently bought over 70 cars that included eight super Lexus that cost N70m each in a season of recession. He said this does not bode well for the anti-corruption position of the current leadership.
Sagay spoke on Thursday in his opening remarks at the National Dialogue on Corruption organised by PACAC at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where he lamented that corruption was pervasive in the country.
He said despite the purchase of expensive luxury cars by the NDDC, the commission’s Managing Director still claimed that the NDDC was too broke to carry out its responsibilities.
On the Nigeria Customs, the PACAC Chairman said, “There is no difference in Customs since May 29, 2015. If you go to Tin Can Island, it is business as usual.”
Describing corruption as a national tragedy, he wondered why a person will loot what he cannot spend in ten lifetimes and in the process expose others to poverty. He urged Nigerians to rise up against corruption by embracing the whistle-blower policy of the Buhari government which he said is yielding fruits already.