In News by stephen abiodun on the 08th, August, 2020

NDDC Appearing MD, Daniel Pondei Lists Contracts Allegedly Paid For ‘Underneath Duress’ To Get Funds Approval

Daniel Pondei

Prof. Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei, the Appearing Managing Director of the Niger Delta Improvement Fee (NDDC) has listed some contracts the fee allegedly paid for beneath duress earlier than its 2019 annual price range was accepted.

Pondei who alleged that some lawmakers, particularly members of adhoc Committees have held the Fee hostage over time with the annual price range approval, additionally disclosed that they had been arm-twisted to pay for some contracts that “had been by no means completed or typically, by no means accomplished.”

In a press release launched by his Particular Adviser on Media, Edgar Ebigoni, the contracts and benefitting companies had been listed as follows;

Kith World Ventures Ltd; Remedial Works at New Ogorode Roads Lot three, at the price of N493,684,169.00 and paid on the 17/03/2020, 301 Constr. Ltd; Remedial Works at Nja Street to Akoku Uno Lot 1, at the price of N350,027,919.80 and paid on the 17/03/2020. Cracked Stone Constr. Ltd; Remedial Works at Ajaolubeti Street Environs Lot 2 at the price of N394,010,952.10 and paid on the 17/03/2020. Collincrystal Power Ltd; Emergency at Benin Township Street Lot 7, at the price of N 431,053.zero35.20 and paid on the 17/03/2020. Collincrystal Power Ltd; Emergency at Benin Township Street Lot three, at the price of N361,357,276.20 and paid on the 17/03/2020 and Grapik Ltd; Emergency at Umudee Inner Street, at the price of N207,673,107.70 and paid the 17/03/2020.

Others had been, Southland Constr. Ltd; Remedial Works at Umuduru Chukwu Umuorlu Street, at the price of N518,409,089.30 and paid on paid on the17/03/2020. Southland Constr. Ltd; Remedial Works at Umuduru, at the price of N519,949,949.10 and paid on the 17/03/2020.

Grandfox World Companies Ltd; Emergency at Ope Street Okigwe LGA, at the price of N580,438,578.00 and paid on the 17/03/2020. Collincrystal Power Ltd; Emergency at Benin City Street Lot 6, at the price of N348,853,184.60 and paid on the 7/03/2020 and Crism Constr. Constructing Ltd; Emergency at Eziama Osuama Worldwide Roads Isiala Mbano LGA, at the price of N561,592,377.80 and paid on the17/03/2020.

Additionally paid had been, Argento Ltd; Emergency at Benin Township Street Lot four, at the price of N382,805,411.60 and paid on the 18/03/2020. Two Rocks Cont. Ltd; Remedial Works at New Ogorode Street Lot four, N500,875,848.00 and paid on the 18/03/2020. Elkan Zibson Ltd; Emergency Repairs of failed and unmotorable sections of Ezumoha Inner Roads Isiala Mbano LGA, at the price of N531,150,414.29 and paid on the 19/03/2020. Cracked Stone Constr. Ltd; Remedial works on Failed and Unmotorable sections of Benin Township Street Lot eight, at the price of N417,806,787.01 and paid on the 19/03/2020. PDH World Logistics Ltd; Emergency Repairs of Failed and Unmotorable sections of Umuezuo Umuagbavu Street Treatment Failed and unmotorable sections of Chikwe Orlu Avenue Setting, at the price of N543,247,587.35 and paid on the 20/03/2020. Aritel Oil and Gasoline; Treatment Failed and Motorable sections of Chikwe Orlu Avenue Setting, at the price of N550,100,132.34 and paid on the 24/03/202.

Dis Idea and Options Ltd; Urgently Treatment Failed and Un motorable sections of Jessy and Jenny Street off peter Odily Street PHC, at the price of N476,794,367.22 and paid on the 26/03/2020. Ogugo Idea and Options Ltd; Emergency Repairs of Failed and Unmotorable sections of Environs Yenagoa LGA, at the price of N300,zero29,695.14 and paid on the 26/03/2020. Webster World ventures Ltd; Instruction of emergency Repairs of failed and unmotorable sections Benin Township Street Lot 2 Oredo LGA, at the price of N357,242,054.35 and paid on the 26/03/2020. Webster World ventures Ltd; Remedial Works of Failed and unmotorable sections of Akuku Illah Street Oshimili North LGA, at the price of N 463,489,890.13 and paid on the 26/03/2020 and Webster World ventures Ltd; Remedial Works of failed and Unmotorable sections of New Ogorode Street Lot2 Sapele LGA, at the price of N 466,416,380.71 and paid on the 26/03/2020.

The assertion added;

“This blackmail scheme explains why the 2019 Funds of the NDDC was handed by the NASS Committee in March, 2020”, including that, “we’re speaking a few price range that was billed to run out in Might, 2020. This implication is that the administration of the NDDC had solely 5 weeks, to implement the price range of 1 fiscal yr, and current a efficiency report on the identical price range.

“This scheme has continued to play out, as a result of as at this Month of August 2020, the price range of the NDDC for the 2020 fiscal yr has not been handed by the Joint Nationwide Meeting Committee on NDDC. Sadly, no person appears to care to ask questions as a result of individuals are falling for the well-scripted smokescreen taking part in out within the two Chambers of the Nationwide Meeting.

“This doc, is among the many many others tendered earlier than the NASS Committee, which by no means noticed the sunshine of the day, and which the NDDC Committee had been by no means allowed to talk on, once they ultimately appeared earlier than the Committee, throughout the public listening to. It was primarily based on this evidential declare that the IMC of NDDC staged a walk-out, on the primary day they had been to testify earlier than the Committee.

“The main points of this checklist will be verified from the Central Financial institution of Nigeria, by a Freedom Of Data (FOI) request.

“Certainly, the identical allegation knowledgeable the explanation all well-meaning Nigerians urged the Committee Chairman, Hon. Tunji-Ojo to recuse himself from the Chairmanship of that listening to. That is in step with the Nemo judex in causa sua, which is a Latin phrase that upholds the precept of pure justice that nobody can choose a case during which they’ve an curiosity”.

“It is extremely unlucky that in opposition to all goal appeals and ethical persuasions, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, alongside another accused members of the Home Committee on NDDC, proceeded to carry a public listening to, which was initially slated for 2 days, being the 15th and 16th of July 2020, however which successfully ran until 20th of the month, just for him to resolve, at his personal tempo and time, to recuse himself from the listening to, on the final day, an motion which forged a darkish shade on the complete public.

“It’s because, the identical motive for which he recused himself on the final day was sufficient for him to steer clear from the matter, ab initio. The foregoing factors to a transparent indisputable fact that the Committee got down to do a bidding, that was by no means within the curiosity of the general public. They clearly wanted a public listening to to inform the general public what they wished the general public to listen to, relatively than the details of the matter.

“The Spokesperson the Home of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, on a Nationwide Tv Programme, just lately, admitted publicly, that Contractors usually approached Chairmen of the Home Committees and the members, to make use of their workplace to compel MDAs to pay them. This positively must be the brand new peak of the abuse of the oath of workplace they swore, to not enable their private curiosity intrude with the discharge of their official duties.

“Recall that since these allegations had been first made by the Appearing Govt Director, Initiatives, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh on Nationwide Tv, Hon. Olubumni Tunji-Ojo has not deemed it match to discountenance the allegations by means of a regulation go well with”.

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