In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 31st, August, 2020

Nigeria Will Break If We Launch Names, Record Of Looters In NDDC

Nigeria Will Break If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC

Pondei
NDDC appearing MD of NDDC, Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei

 

The Interim Administration Committee, IMC, of the Niger Delta Growth Fee, NDDC, has stated that if it releases the record of these concerned in looting the fee, the nation will break.

 

The IMC has additionally accused members of the Nationwide Meeting of plotting to stall the forensic audit ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

The Government Director answerable for Tasks on the NDDC, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, who made the allegation whereas chatting with Vanguard in Abuja, stated that Nigeria could be shocked if the fee releases the names and calibre of individuals concerned in contract rip-off in 2017 and 2019 particularly amongst members of the Nationwide Meeting.

 

Recall that the Federal Government Council, FEC, assembly presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday final week accepted the forensic auditing of about 12 thousand NDDC contracts.

 

However Dr. Ojougboh alleged that the latest strain by the Nationwide Meeting to probe the actions of the IMC was instigated by the concern of the forensic audit.

 

He stated that the mission of the IMC to the NDDC and the Niger Delta area is to make sure that each naira that had been put into the area by way of the fee is accounted for and vowed that the committee would dare each odd to make sure that the mission is completed, not minding whose ox is gored.

 

The NDDC Government Director on Tasks took a swipe on the Nationwide Meeting for condemning the N51 million month-to-month imprest for the workplace of the Appearing Managing Director of the Fee and the N18 million imprest for his workplace, saying that such monies should not private cash however for the maintenance of the place particularly in safety.

 

He alleged extremely positioned member of the Nationwide Meeting from the South-South whom he accused working in opposition to the IMC has a cumulative imprest of about N100 million month-to-month with out the type of safety challenges the NDDC administration faces on day by day foundation.

 

In line with him, “My MD feeds 100 policemen day by day and in Port Harcourt as an government of NDDC, you want safety greater than something, until tomorrow, you understand of it. When they’re sending these policemen, the instruction is fed them, cater for them, that’s what is within the letter the police hierarchy despatched.

“So individuals are speaking about 51 million of imprest for the MD, it’s a safety vote, it’s not for his private pocket, the cash doesn’t go to the MD’s account. Myself, N18 million, it doesn’t go to my account, it goes for safety and different bills and it’s retired, there isn’t a fraud in it.”

 

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He stated when President Buhari nominated them, they usually arrived at NDDC workplace Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, the very first thing they observed was that the 2 Chairmen (NDDC Committee) within the Nationwide Meeting, had been the “De Facto administration, managers and the chief of NDDC.”

 

He stated as a former member of the Nationwide Meeting and a former liaison officer to the President, he has been within the Chambers and in all his life he has been in authorities since 1999 until date. “So I do know what time of the day it’s in politics and in governance. So we advised them it can’t be enterprise as standard, then they stated we should go away.”

 

Requested the cause of the pain the sudden curiosity of the Nationwide Meeting within the actions of the IMC, he stated, ”God bless you. It’s the forensic audit that the President has instituted as a result of the Nationwide Meeting is culpable. On the finish of the forensic audit, you will note members of the Nationwide Meeting…

“A Senator got here and stated that within the record of 2016 they introduced, that he had solely six contracts, I stated no, that he had extra. What he didn’t know is that we didn’t launch the record for 2017 and the one for 2019. If we launch it this nation will break.”

 

Additionally requested why the nation ought to break, he stated, ”Oh due to the individuals looting, the calibre, the names and folks looting the NDDC. And who engineers it? The Chairmen of the NDDC within the senate and Home of Representatives within the Nationwide Meeting.

“So, after I defined, I advised Mr. President to look, my job right here could be very easy. Mr. President appears, even when it’s the solely factor I obtain in my life to make it possible for issues are put proper for the individuals of the Niger Delta to benefit from the NDDC. You possibly can name me any identify, you are able to do something, you possibly can say something, I don’t care however I have to do the suitable factor and the suitable factor is that nobody penny shall be lacking.”

 

He additional alleged that the Nationwide Meeting had deliberate to truncate the progress of the forensic audit by way of numerous means; first through the use of the probes by the committees and later by refusing to signal the finances, saying the refusal to signal the finances is an instrument of blackmail in opposition to the IMC.

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He stated, “Mark you, the Nationwide Meeting sabotaged, by way of the instrumentality of the Chairmen of the Home and Senate, they sabotaged … in the event you give them to report, they’ll say you didn’t convey efficiency report. We introduced all the things that they’ve requested us to convey, however they used the finances because the instrument of blackmail.

“In order that they have blackmailed the nation and the Niger Delta within the final 20 years, that’s the reason you see that you simply can’t go to the Niger Delta at present and see ten kilometres of dualised roads performed by the NDDC, no. What do you see, 500 meters right here, 200 meters there and all of them one billion every”, he stated.

 

He, nonetheless, stated regardless of efforts of the Nationwide Meeting to muzzle the IMC and frustrate the forensic audit, the audit course of had progressed as the primary leg of the job had already been concluded and the second and closing leg would quickly kick-off.

 

He stated, “It has began. Why are we right here if it has not? The Nationwide Meeting wished to truncate it, they stated they won’t cross our finances. You understand the forensic audit is in two levels; now we have procured the lead auditors and they’re at work, they’ve all of the information of all of the contracts on the NDDC from inception until date.

“The second stage is to ship the varied auditors to every of the states, the Nationwide Meeting individuals know that’s the place they’re culpable in order that they stopped our finances, however the President stated the forensic audit should proceed that he’ll fund it.

“The lead auditors have completed their preliminary job, they’ve written their report, now every of the states can have one auditor all of the contracts and tasks in it. That’s what we got here right here for at present. These auditors will now return to the states tomorrow, as soon as we end right here at present and the Council approves it.”

 

On the allegations of misappropriation in opposition to the IMC by the Nationwide Meeting committees, Ojougboh stated the allegations had been simply one other try at blackmail, explaining that the IMC had not awarded a single contract, however had been finding out what he described as compulsory money owed of the NDDC to its contractors.

 

“That’s the issue. The explanation they’re touting these a number of billions is simply to offer us a foul identify, the a number of billions which can be funds for compulsory money owed. The cost just isn’t for me, yearly the NDDC spends as a lot as 4 to 5 hundred billion, it’s the debt we met on floor.

“Individuals have performed their jobs, are we going to say they shouldn’t be paid? Now we have not awarded one contract, individuals are taking us to courtroom day by day. So we take a look at the tasks, we clear them and we pay. They stated we spent, however we didn’t spend, moderately we paid historic money owed”, he defined.

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He additional stated, “They’re speaking about COVID-19 cost, the federal authorities is given each citizen N30,000 every, have you learnt how a lot federal authorities has spent? The CBN and lots of different companies have been giving COVID-19 allowances, that are inside their purview, identical to NDDC did.

“Within the Nationwide Meeting, every of the senators obtained N20 million, whereas the Home of Representatives members obtained N15 million for COVID-19 from the Nationwide Meeting. All of them obtained COVID19 allowances.”

 

Requested if the cash spent by the fee on COVID-19 palliatives was budgeted for, he stated the cash was spent beneath emergency.

 

He stated, “It was not budgeted for as a result of it was an emergency, it’s allowed. It comes beneath emergency. The N30,000 per person who the federal authorities is giving to the citizen, was it budgeted for? Did anyone finances for COVID-19? No one budgeted for COVID-19. The SGF is the Chairman of the COVID-19 Activity Drive in Nigeria, was that activity pressure budgeted for? It’s an emergency and it’s allowed.

“What we’re saying is that Nigerians should respect Mr. President. Like once we obtained to the headquarter constructing, nobody thought that constructing may very well be accomplished. Right this moment now we have accomplished it, we’re inside it, however they’ll come to let you know that we’re inside an uncompleted constructing, which is a really large lie.

“We’re contained in the constructing that’s the place I’m going to work day by day. It’s all propaganda by Omo-Agege (Deputy Senate President) and his cohorts simply because they need to throw us out of the place due to politics and if we didn’t go there that headquarters constructing wouldn’t be accomplished.”

 

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