Shocking: How DG, lawmakers ‘diverted’ multi-billion-naira youth empowerment funds of Film corporation

Shocking: How DG, lawmakers ‘diverted’ multi-billion-naira youth empowerment funds of Film corporation

Aljazirah Nigeria is currently investigating allegations of wanton corruption and diversion of funds levelled against the Director General of the Nigerian Film Corporation, Dr.

Danjuma Dadu by a corruption monitoring group, the Center for Joint Action Against Underdevelopment and Poverty in Africa (CJAAUPA).

By Tosin Omoniyi

In a petition received by the medium penultimate week, the group said the corporation’s boss had unwittingly turned the organization he heads into a conduit pipe from which he fleeces the nation of hard earned resources through frivolous expenditures.

The group is also alleging among other things that the embattled helmsman of the corporation had consistently diverted funds meant for various projects ranging from entrepreneurship trainings to grants and procurement of equipment for many ongoing projects across the country.

He is alleged to have stolen the funds in conjunction with some honorable members representing several constituencies across the expanse of the nation.

The group affirmed that through its monitoring mechanism, it had been able to document that indeed such funds had been released for numerous projects in which the corporation had a stake adding that the funds were diverted without the projects being executed.

Some of the projects through which monies were diverted, it noted include; an entrepreneurship training for youths of Lokoja federal constituency in film production, cinematography, linear and motion photography with a budget of N30m; provision of film grants for youths in Lokoja federal constituency with a budget of N60m and entrepreneurship training for youths on film production for youths in Akwanga federal constituency with a budget of N12m.

Equally coming under searchlight are projects on provision of film grants for youths in Kajuru/Chikun local government area with a budget of N58.3m; an entrepreneurship training for youths of Kajuru/Chikun local government area in film production, cinematography, linear and motion photography with a budget of N29.1m as well as provision of film equipment for youths of Ogbaru federal constituency with a budget of N30m.

Others include another Entrepreneurship training for youths of Ogbaru Federal constituency in film production, cinematography, linear and motion photography with a budget of N30m; Provision of film equipment for youths of Kaltungo/Shongom Federal constituency of Gombe State with a budget of N30m; an Entrepreneurship training for youths of Kaltungo/Shongom Federal constituency with a budget of N30m and the construction of cinematography center in Bebeji/Kiru Federal constituency of Kano state with a budget of N200m.

Not done, it listed other dubious projects that did not see the light of day:

  • Provision of installation of equipment for cinematography in Bebeji/Kiru Federal constituency with a budget of N150m;
  • Provision of grants for youths in Apa/Agatu Federal constituency of Benue state with a budget of N75m;
  • Procurement of equipment for trainees, logistics and resources for youths in Apa/Agatu Federal constituency with a budget of N70m;
  • Training of youths of Jere constituency in Borno State in film production with a budget of N15m;
  • Supply of training equipment for trainees, logistics and resources for youths in Jere Federal constituency with a budget of N80.8m;
  • Training of youths and stakeholders from Mashi/Dutsi Federal constituency of Katsina state in film production with a budget of N40m;
  • Procurement of training equipment for trainees, logistics and resources for youths of Mashi/Dutsi Federal constituency with a budget of N30m;
  • Entrepreneurship training of 600 youths from Esan Central /Igueben Federal constituency of Edo state in film production with a budget of N15m;
  • Procurement of training equipment for trainees, logistics and resources for youths of Esan central/Igueben Federal constituency and also the provision of grants with a budget of N15m and N10m respectively;
  • Provision of film grants for youths of Ogo-Oluwa/Surulere Federal constituency of Oyo state with a budget of N35.4m;
  • Provision of film grants to youths of Ibadan southwest/northwest Federal constituency of same Oyo state with a budget of N14.4m;
  • Provision film grants for youths of Atiba /Afijo/Oyo West Federal constituency with a budget of N15.6m.

 

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Other include:

  • Provision of grants to film makers for film equipment and production for youths in FCT senatorial district of Abuja with a budget of N100m;
  • Training of 200 youths from Badagry Federal constituency of Lagos state in film production with a budget of N20m;
  • Training f 200 youths of Ayedire/Iwo/Ola-Oluwa Federal constituency of Osun state in film production with a budget of N16m;
  • Training of youths of from Ekiti North Federal constituency II in film production with a budget of N10m;
  • Entrepreneurship training in film production for youths of Saki West/Saki East/Atisibo Federal constituency of Oyo state with a budget of N16m;
  • Entrepreneurship training in film production for 50 youths of Aba north/south Federal constituency of Abia state with a budget of N16m;
  • Entrepreneurship training in film production of 300 youths from Shendam/Mikang/Qua’an/Pan Federal constituency of Plateau state with a budget of N4m and a,
  • Supply of training equipment/production logistics for youths of Shendam/Mikang/Qua’an/Pan Federal constituency with a budget of N10m.

The petition signed by the group’s director, Dr Abdulrahman Sule did not have kind words to say about the director general and his handling of the projects. It alleged that the budgeted funds which had 80 percent cash backing was deployed to serve the purpose for which they were appropriated or where it was deployed, the projects were haphazardly done.

“Findings also showed that Dr Danjuma Dadu rather than implement the projects which would have no doubt built the capacity of the youths in such areas, reduce poverty and ultimately create employment retained 30 to 40 percent of the funds with the remaining given to representatives of these constituencies as compensation for non-execution of these programs and projects. As at today, there is no known successful training that has been carried out in these constituencies, no grants have been given to the youth while procurement and supplies have been carried out with brazen disregard for due process,’’ the group alleged.

AljazirahNigeria could not independently verify these allegations. Neither could the newspaper ascertain the level of complicity from the lawmakers in charge of these constituencies. However its investigations are still on.

A request seeking formal response to the allegations was sent to the contact@nfc.gov.ng, the official email of the corporation but it remained unanswered as at press time.

It would be recalled that on the 19th of June 2016, the staff of the NFC in Jos, Plateau State staged a peaceful protest demanding the resignation of Dadu.

They accused him of lack of professionalism, oppression and tribalism.

The staff vowed then to continue protesting until the federal government comes to their aid.