- The Nigerian Senate has begun a formal investigation of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over alleged corruption
- The Senate ad-hoc committee that will carry out the investigation into the NDDC has been announced by the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan
- The NDDC is under the supervision of the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio
The Nigerian Senate has begun a formal investigation of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over alleged corruption.
The Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary on Tuesday, May 12 announced the inauguration of the Senate ad-hoc committee that will carry out the investigation into the NDDC.
The Senate investigation was prompted by an allegation that a N40 billion fraud was carried out in the NDDC which is under the supervision of the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio.
Meanwhile, an anti-corruption activist and chairman of anti-corruption and integrity forum, Comrade Prince Kpokpogri, has reacted to the Senate probe of the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio and the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Comrade Kpokpogri described the move as a caricature and headless task, adding that the IMC is the best thing that has happened to the NDDC since inception.
He said this in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Friday, May 8, while calling on the Niger Delta people to support Senator Akpabio in his quest to clean up the NDDC and position it to better the lives of the Niger Delta people according to the spirit of its creation
Kpokpogri said what the Senate was doing by inviting the minister for questioning on the N40billion paid to certified contractors was a shot in the dark and legislative busy body.
In another report, group, Ijaw Development and Response Assembly have called for the sack of Senator Godswill Akpabio as the minister of Niger Delta.
The group said its call is due to the alleged corruption in Niger Delta Development Commission under Akpabio's ministry, Vanguard reports.
The group lamented that in spite of the enormous amounts of monies that have been released, NDDC continues to be plagued with gross mismanagement, indebtedness and multi-billion naira worth of abandoned projects.
The group further lamented that the NDDC is in its current state of quagmire and indebtedness because monies are being looted.
Meanwhile, NDDC has denied reports of the award of the 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 (PPE) 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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