- The NDDC has been urged to focus on its mandate and not be distracted by allegations of fraud
- The PDP had recently made allegations of stealing and looting in NDDC
- The APC has accused the PDP of sabotaging COVID-19 intervention efforts in the country
The deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Yekini Nabena has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of sabotaging COVID-19 intervention efforts in the country.
Nabena accused the opposition party of carrying out the action through its attack on state institutions and other intervention initiatives by government agencies.
Nabena was reacting to the latest statement by the PDP alleging fraud in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), particularly its COVID-19 intervention efforts.
The Bayelsa-born APC chieftain in a statement sent to journalists on Tuesday, April 28, urged the NDDC to focus on their mandate and not be distracted.
Part of the statement read: “It is now public that the PDP knowingly relied on forged contract papers for its baseless and unsubstantiated fraud allegations and attacks on the NDDC's COVID-19 intervention. I advise the PDP to focus on nation-building and support efforts to ease the inconveniences, pains and losses brought by coronavirus on Nigerians.
“There is no fraud in the commission. The PDP's baseless allegations is deliberate and similar to its others actions to discredit the government and other COVID-19 interventions in the country. It is clear that the PDP's action is sponsored by those attempting to frustrate the ongoing forensic audit in the NDDC ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The NDDC is actively supporting the government's effort to combat the coronavirus. Recently, the commission secured presidential approval for its COVID-19 support to supply medical kits and build isolation centres in the nine Niger Delta states.
“The commission has disbursed N775m to assist Niger Delta states to fight the coronavirus, along with N270 million as palliatives to youths, women and peoples living with disabilities affected by the lockdown.”
Similarly, the NDDC has denied reports of the award of COVID-19 procurement contract to a private firm.
A media report had accused the commission of awarding the sum of N5,474,647,125.00 for the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment for health workers and provision of community-based sensitization campaign against the spread of COVID-19 in the region.
The commission in a statement described the purported award letter signed by one Alex Ndudi Enebeli as fake.
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