Executive director, Civic Duties Awareness Initiative, CIDAI, Benjamin Oyekunle yesterday described recent allegation of fraud in an online media against the director general of Industrial Training Fund, ITF, Mrs Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko as “a deliberate attempt by mischief makers to rubbish the achievements recorded by her since assuming office in 2014.”
Oyekunle, who stated this at a press briefing in Abuja, pointed out that ‘‘the fund was alleged to be enmeshed in corruption prior to her becoming the DG. There are those who had been feeding fat on the fund who she blocked.”
According to him, “Her transparent management of the fund was said to have boosted the confidence and garnered support from the stakeholders. Her competences and ability were recently recognised by no other person than President Muhammadu Buhari when he included her in his entourage to the United States of America.”
Besides, ‘‘some have reasoned that her enviable feat in the course of her duties might have endeared her to the president who might have penned her name down for a higher appointment. They opined that the above reasons could be why some who want her position as DG of ITF or scheming to get a ministerial slot are fighting her for.”
Commenting on the federal government’s anti graft crusade, the executive director called on all Nigerians to support the government in this worthwhile war, stressing that President Buhari was on the right path.
“Anti-graft war is needed; it is needed now. For Nigeria to develop, corruption must be eradicated. All hands must be on deck in this just cause. The general populace, judiciary and critically, the media must support this cause wholeheartedly if we desire a Nigeria we can all be proud of.
“We urge opinion leaders, professionals especially the media not to allow themselves to be tools in the hands of evil forces.