The Chief Executive Officer of Baraza Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited, Mr. Miebi Bribena has been urged not to spare any staff indicted in the ongoing forensic audit of the operations of the Society.
Some members of the Cooperative, in an interview, said it was disheartening to note the kind of heartbreaking revelations unfolding in the forensic audit.
They stated that activities of some of the fraudulent staff in connivance with external elements were responsible for the loss of hundreds of millions of naira which is one major cause of the delay and non-payment of surpluses to members.
Speaking on behalf of other members, Mr James Ebimobowei urged the CEO to press charges against any indicted staff, to serve as a deterrent to others.
He said it was disheartening to note that those who were assigned the responsibility of managing payment portals and other sensitive positions have been indicted for fraud and other related offences by the auditors.
According to him, it is wrong on the part of the people to heap the blame for the current happenings in Baraza on Bribena. In every organization, the CEO is not the only one doing the work but assigns responsibilities to other people based on competence and trust.
Mr. Ebimobowei noted that In management, delegating refers to sharing or transferring responsibilities, and typically happens from a superior (or an employer) to a subordinate (or an employee).
According to him:
“Teamwork is key to a successful organization and one of the principles of teamwork is delegating responsibilities to others.
It is disheartening to note that those assigned the responsibilities of gate-keeping did not only open the gates for thieves but played active roles in the fraudulent act”, he said.
With hundreds of millions of naira traceable to their various accounts, the CEO should press further at ensuring the refunds of stolen monies”.
Also commenting on the issue, another member, Chibuzo Franklin said:
“I am surprised that some people and online paid agents are supporting the ignoble act, I can now see why the country is not moving forward.
In this country, we should learn to separate business from friendship and relations. A friend that wants to pull down his friend’s business, should not be treated as friends but as enemies.
We are calling on the CEO to ensure that other fraudulent staff that remain in the system be exposed”.
It will be recalled that the CEO at the beginning of the ongoing forensic audit gave members of staff one week amnesty period to come to him and confess if they have been part of any form of misappropriation of Baraza funds but none of the staff embraced this gesture until they were caught by the long arm of law.
Bribena vowed that any staff indicted in the ongoing forensic audit regardless of his/her position would be prosecuted by the law.