In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 07th, August, 2020

Drama Looms As Troubled NDDC Asks Senator To Refund N2.5 Billion

Drama Looms As Troubled NDDC Asks Senator To Refund N2.5 Billion

Peter Nwaoboshi

Peter Nwaoboshi

The Niger Delta Improvement Fee (NDDC) has demanded a refund of N2.5 billion from Delta senator, Peter Nwaoboshi, being the quantity the company stated it paid for contracts to firms allegedly linked to him.

This was contained in a letter seen by PREMIUM TIMES.

The letter dated July 5 was signed by the Director, Authorized Companies of the NDDC, Peter Okoro. The spokesperson of the fee, Charles Odili, confirmed the authenticity of the letter to this newspaper.

Within the letter, the NDDC requested complete of N2.6 million (N2,552,305,600) paid to contractors for the manufacturing of plastic desks and chairs for the first and secondary faculties within the Niger Delta area in 2017 (underneath the fee’s 2016 funds) be returned.

Though the names of the businesses weren’t talked about within the letter, it stated the contracts had been in furtherance of the NDDC’s schooling sector mandate as a catalyst for the advance of classroom and studying situations within the area.

“…As a substitute of supplying the chairs and desks to the Fee’s warehouse in Port Harcourt or to any of the NDDC workplaces within the 9 Niger Delta states, the objects had been equipped to a warehouse described as Akuede Akwis’ positioned at Benin Expressway, Okpanam, earlier than Wichetech Aluminum Firm.

“That the 2019 funds of the Fee additionally incorporates the next heads:

a. Provisions and provide of Plastic Chairs and Desks for Main and Secondary Colleges in Delta North Senatorial District (Serial No. 21).

b. Provisions and provide of Plastic Chairs and Desks for Main and Secondary Colleges in Delta North Senatorial District (Serial No. 33).

c. Manufacturing and distribution of Desks and Benches in chosen faculties within the Niger Delta Area for (Serial No. 396).

“That regardless of having absolutely paid for the 2017 contracts for the manufacturing of chairs and desks, the objects haven’t been equipped to the Fee. The resultant impact is that the Fee and the Niger Delta area have been disadvantaged of using the desks and chairs,”
a part of the letter learn.

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The lawmaker was, thereafter, given a two-week ultimatum to refund the stated quantity.

Mr Nwabaoshi has repeatedly denied benefitting from NDDC contracts.

Officers of the NDDC had accused Mr Nwaoboshi of hijacking contracts and budgets of the fee. This allegation was made throughout the investigative listening to of the monetary recklessness and misappropriation of funds within the NDDC, by a Senate ad-hoc committee.

The appearing deputy director, initiatives, NDDC, Cairo Ojougboh, alleged that budgets of the fee “have at all times been hijacked by the management of the committee on NDCC from each chambers for his or her private acquire.”

“Some contracts equipped to ‘an NDDC warehouse’ alongside Benin-expressway. The warehouse belongs to Peter Nwabaoshi (a senator). About 2900 emergency initiatives had been awarded and Mr Nwabaoshi collected 1000 of them, saying he’ll distribute them amongst senators and Home of Representatives members. However when requested, lawmakers denied receipt. We’re being accused as a result of we’re working for the area and since they need to take over the fee,”
Mr Ojougboh instructed the panel in July.

Equally, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, named the senator amongst different federal lawmakers who allegedly bought contracts from the fee, an allegation that Mr Nwaoboshi has denied, even daring the minister to ship the names to anti-graft companies.



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