Britain blows £9m helping Nigerians to export ROCKS: Corrupt officials are filling containers with boulders instead of leather so they can pocket the money

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From Mail Online, Jul 2015

By LARISSA BROWN

Britain has squandered millions of pounds in aid money to fund a project in Nigeria designed to boost leather exports – but has instead seen corrupt officials shipping rocks overseas.

An investigation found that taxpayers’ money was being wasted on schemes that the Department for International Development (Dfid) turned a blind eye to if they went wrong and actually in some cases made poverty worse in the country.

A watchdog also claimed Dfid beefed up its achievements on projects to make them sound more successful than they were.

And in a blistering attack on the waste of taxpayers’ money, MP Margaret Hodge accused the department of a ‘terrible waste of money’ after paying billions to ‘expensive consultants with massive mark ups’ rather than have their own in-house workers.

A total of £250million of British money is given to Nigeria every year.

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