High Chief Kehinde Kalejaiye, the traditional ruler of Otumara Community in Lagos State, disputes the recent denial by the National Theatre’s management regarding an investigation into its General Manager/Chief Executive Officer, Prof Sunday Ododo.
The management, in a press release dated January 10, claimed that the GM was never summoned by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC). However, Chief Kalejaiye dismisses these assertions as evasive and emphasizes that the ICPC did invite Prof Sunday Ododo for questioning, citing a letter dated April 5, 2022.
The traditional ruler reveals that the ICPC’s investigation stems from multiple petitions submitted by the workers’ union, RATTAWU, and concerned stakeholders of the National Theatre. Allegations include misappropriation of funds, lack of transparency, and irregularities in the sale of the parastatal’s properties.
Chief Kalejaiye questions the management’s credibility, pointing to a query issued to RATTAWU leaders for petitioning the ICPC. He contends that the matter transcends mere witch-hunting, emphasizing the importance of combating corruption for the nation’s well-being.
Highlighting the urgency for accountability, Chief Kalejaiye draws a parallel with a previous case involving the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Dr. Betta Edu, who was promptly relieved of her position for investigation.
Despite a vote of no confidence from the union and ongoing scrutiny by the ICPC, Prof Sunday Ododo remains in office. Chief Kalejaiye concludes by stressing the need to address corruption for the country’s welfare and economic stability.
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