N12.3m Budgeted for the Congress of National Youth Council Missing
The Congress is schedule to take place in Ondo State on 20 to 24th of February this year and it was gathered that the State government released the money for the purpose of the event.
While speaking to journalists in Abuja, the Vice President (North Central) National Youth Council of Nigeria, Tijani Kabiru Mohammed said from the money released to the Council through the Chairman of Central Planning Committee, Shotade George, only N2.7m was made available by him.
He noted that all efforts to get explanation on the remaining sum had proved abortive as Mr. George refused to pick calls or respond to text messages from the Congress Planning Committee officials but George said no money was given to him.
The Vice Chairman had said the constitution of the Council empowers members of the Congress Planning Committee of the NYCN to go ahead with the congress without the presence of the Chairman.
“Everything we are doing falls into the confines of the constitution (of the organisation).”
He maintained that there were some of the executive members of the Council who don’t want the congress to hold because they wanted to hold unto power.
“We have progressive and retrogressive element in every organisation, even PDP face the same problem.”
“The state government (Ondo State) has released N15million for the congress but only N2.7 million had reached us so far which the remaining is still with the chairman.”
He said the Chairman didn’t come for the meeting because he didn’t want to give account.
Mohammed vowed that the Council would invite external auditors to audit its account as part of its effort to combat corruption.
He however noted that the undelivered fund may not hinder the NYCN’s congress as it expects funds from other sources once it finished up its paper work with the government.
When called Mr. George, he denied being in possession of such money, claiming the Ondo State government never released any sum.
“I want to appreciate your effort but if you have an issue with Ondo State government, you can go ask them.
“Apart from that, nobody disbursed any money to me and I’m not accountable to anybody.”
He agreed that there was an internal problem in the Council and the Press had no reason to poke nose.
Mr. George also pointed out that those accusing him of embezzlement were not officials of the council.
“They are not representing the Youth Council.”
He later dropped the call on our reporter when probed further.
Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of the Council’s Congress Planning Committee, Uzoh Ifeanyi said the Congress will take place as earlier planned.
Though, he revealed that the Council still had to finalise its plan with the Ministry of Youth, he was confident that the congress’ date won’t change.
“They (Ministry of Youth) want us to register our amended constitution with the CAC before they can give us the go ahead. That, we will do in the coming week.”
Uzoh enjoined all aspirants to go ahead with their activities ahead of the elections.
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