In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 21st, July, 2020

Corruption: ‘We Gave Indigenes N340m To Assist Inspectors Establish Initiatives’

Corruption: 'We Gave Indigenes N340m To Help Inspectors Identify Projects'

Niger Delta Development Commission, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh

Niger Delta Improvement Fee, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh


The Govt Director of Initiatives, Niger Delta Improvement Fee, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh has revealed that the NDDC gave N340m to indigenes to assist inspectors to establish initiatives inside their locality.


He made the revelation throughout an interview with Come up TV on the sidelines of the Home committee probe on the NDDC.


When requested why N340m was given to the indigenes, the director mentioned, “There are 185 native governments within the Niger Delta area and we’ve the listing of contracts in all of the native governments. Usually, when the forensic auditors arrive, folks chase them out of the place.

“So, indigenes are appointed as pointers who will keep within the native authorities. All these jobs which can be deserted, they may go and present them the place the positioning is.”


When requested if it was needed to offer indigenes such an enormous sum of cash to assist level out initiatives to exterior auditors, Ojuogboh responded within the affirmative.


He mentioned if the ‘pointers’ weren’t current, the locals may stop auditors from getting access to the communities to examine the initiatives.

“You should want pointers and once more, the auditors should have pleasant folks on the bottom who will construct synergy for them and the locals,” he mentioned.


As regards allegations of extra-budgetary spending, Ojuogboh admitted that the funds being spent weren’t accredited by the Nationwide Meeting however acknowledged that the NDDC was allowed to spend 50 per cent of the proposed finances it had submitted to the Nationwide Meeting.

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Responding to a query, he mentioned, “There’s nothing like that (extra-budgetary spending) as a result of we’ve submitted the 2020 finances to the Nationwide Meeting and we’re allowed to spend 50 per cent of the finances which is the place we’re spending from.

“In anticipation of the finances that we’ve submitted, we’re allowed to spend all the recurrent finances and 50 per cent of the finances itself.”


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