Following the recent moves by some top officials of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to disrupt the hitherto smooth migration from analog to digital broadcasting in Nigeria, stakeholders in the broadcasting industry have called on the Presidency to investigate the activities of the ICPC in this regard.
They submitted that the recent media attack on Mallam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu could derail the credible project if the anti-corruption agency is not checkmated.
‘What we are saying is that if the ICPC really has a case against NBC and others, why not charge
The media was agog over a statement credited to the
She added that the money involved was a grant released to the agency by the Federal Government for its digital switch-over programme.
The statement further said, “The Presidency in 2016, released N10bn to the Ministry of Information and Culture for the digital switch-over programme which entails migration of telephone lines from analog to digital platforms and a whitepaper was issued directing that the process
“Based on the guidelines provided by the white paper, two companies were nominated to handle the process, one of which was ITS, an affiliate of the Nigerian Television Authority. N1.7bn was released to it as seed grant for the commencement of the switch-over.”
Okoduwa added that the agency discovered that the process was fraught with alleged corrupt practices.
The statement also alleged that Kawu fraudulently recommended a private company to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, for the release of the money against the guidelines contained in the said white paper.
Jimada said the commission had been carrying out the digital switch-over scheme with utmost diligence and transparency, and would continue to do that till the project is completed across the country.