In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 13th, July, 2020

Extra Corruption and Looting Spree Uncovered At NDDC

More Corruption and Looting Spree Exposed At NDDC

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Kolawole Johnson, the Head of Analysis, Acts of Optimistic Transformation Initiatives group has made damning allegations towards the Interim Administration Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Growth Fee (NCDC).

 

In a damning report on Channel TV, Kolawole Johnson stated he is able to open the can of worms within the NDDC in order that sanity will be restored to the fee as he accused members of the IMC of corruption, fraudulent and lavish spending.

 

Johnson stated since January 2020, the IMC has spent over N80 billion with nothing to point out for it, a lot of the quantity ending up of their personal pockets.

 

In accordance with him, members of IMC usually are not simply padding and paying contractors for shady jobs, they’re overtly amassing thousands and thousands of naira in extra-budgetary allowances, and shamelessly diverting scholarship meant for Niger Delta college students to their private accounts.

 

Johnson alleged that IMC members have compromised and recruited some senior workers of the NDDC, by way of whom they paid themselves beneficiant month-to-month allowances operating into a whole lot of thousands and thousands of naira exterior the schedule of allowances supplied for by regulation.

 

“The MD of the fee, Prof Pondei routes one in all his unlawful month-to-month allowances of N51.6m as imprest on ‘Private Safety and Undertaking Monitoring’ by way of the checking account of a staffer named Oweife Justina with worker ID no 94..

“Whereas, Dr Cairo Ojugboh, who collects N18m for a similar objective, makes use of Eno Ukpe’s checking account, a staffer with worker ID no 509, for his funds. Additionally they obtain N10m month-to-month for internet hosting guests.

These funds usually are not linked to the cash already supplied within the finances for mission monitoring, which has been overdrawn by over N180m in the previous couple of months,” he stated.

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Kolawole added that his workplace is, in current occasions, inundated with cries from college students overseas underneath the fee’s scholarship who’re at the moment stranded in numerous international locations.

 

Whereas these college students are going through untold hardship, the current Interim Administration Committee members are busy paying themselves cash meant for the hapless college students, he stated.

“Prof Pondei specifically paid himself and acquired international scholarship funds into his personal UBA account no 1002290165 on the 17th of April at about 16:50GMT.

“Identical for Dr Cairo Ojugboh who additionally acquired thousands and thousands into his personal account no 1002428409 round 16:24GMT being cost for a 2020 post-graduate scholarship for himself.

“A number of workers, particularly those that had allegedly conspired with the current administration to squander the fee’s fund, additionally acquired thousands and thousands into their personal accounts for a similar 2020 post-graduate scholarship they by no means attended even in the course of the lockdown.”

 

Johnson urge the Senate and Home of Representatives to stay steadfast of their probe of the IMC within the discharge of their constitutional mandate of oversight (consistent with Part 88 of the Structure).

 

He emphasize that Niger Deltans are totally behind all reliable efforts to strengthen the NDDC, together with the restoration of cash illegally and unjustifiably spent by the IMC.

 

Recall, final week, former Appearing MD of NDDC, Pleasure Nunieh, accused the Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio, of serial corrupt practices and fraud.

 

Mrs Nunieh alleged that in her temporary tenure on the fee, Mr Akpabio repeatedly pressured her to take “an oath of secrecy” that was meant to maintain her from exposing fraud on the fee.

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Akpabio was accused of squandering the sum of N300 million given to him for fence building contract by the NDDC.

 

In the meantime, the Appearing Managing Director of the NDDC, Kemebradikumo Pondei has confessed to the Senate how the fee spent the sum of N1.5 billion as COVID-19 aid fund for themselves.

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