….urges Buhari, Lawan, Gbajabiamila to stop payment of N15 billion to contractors
By Ebireri Henry Ovie
GODWIN Ojeh, a legal practitioner, has alleged that there is corruption of self-enrichment in the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari, Ahmed Lawan, president of the Nigerian Senate, and Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the House of Representatives, to stop the payment of N15 billion to contractors.
“The Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission has thrown caution to the winds. It is about to pay for jobs not done. The committee is processing the payment of a whooping amount of N15 billion on spurious contracts in the name of ‘’Desilting of Waterways’’.
He particularly decried the misappropriation in the management of the funds of the commission.
‘Is the 2020 budget of the commission ready? Where are they spending from? ’Recently, the Senate set up an ad hoc committee to probe the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, over alleged mismanagement of N40 billion. The Senate also requested for 2019 budgetary performance. The commission doesn’t have power to expend public money. There is no budgetary provision’’.
In a tone suggestive of his hatred for corruption, the Benin-based lawyer asked the National Assembly and the executive arm of the government to stop the commission from wasting the country’s resources.
In a statement in Benin, Ojeh described the intention of the NDDC Interim Management Committee as ‘’a move that will endanger the development of the region.
‘’There is no greater danger to the development of the Niger Delta region than the payments for fictitious contracts’’ the statement said.
He also harped on the need for transparency in government organizations, saying ‘’it is necessary for the National Assembly and the executive arm of government to adopt a collective position on the allegation of corruption in the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC’’.
Realnews learnt that NDDC is owing some consultants to the commission for about 21 months of money running into millions.
Contacted, Charles Odili, spokesperson of NDDC dismissed the allegation, saying there is no such processing of payments to contractors going on. “There is a lot of spurious allegations aimed at the commission. This is quite unfair. Nothing like that is happening,” Odili told Realnews on telephone on Friday, July 10.
– Jul. 10, 2020 @ 19:35 GMT |