- Chief Edwin Clark has written to the National Assembly leaders over allegations raised by the NDDC against the federal lawmakers
- The south-south leader is requesting that the lawmakers be probed as a matter of urgency
- Clark explained that if they fail to do so the people would lose their confidence in the National Assembly
Following allegations raised by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) against federal lawmakers, Chief Edwin Clark has written separately to both the leaders of the National Assembly requesting a probe into the claims.
According to Vanguard, the south-south leader in separate letters dated Tuesday, June 2, and addressed to Senate president, Senator Ahmad Lawan, and House of Representatives speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, noted that NASS should carry out the investigation as a matter of urgency.
Clark went on to note that failure to investigate the allegations would erode the confidence most people particularly, the Niger Delta have in the National Assembly.
He further said the probe has become crucial following the allegations against the lawmakers by the acting managing director of NDDC's Interim Management Committee (IMC), Kemebradikumo Pondei, and Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, the acting executive director of Projects.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the acting managing director of the NDDC alleged that the agency's budget in 2019 was inflated with about 500 fake projects by the National Assembly.
Pondei made the disclosure on Tuesday, May 26, while responding to allegations of corruption and misappropriation of funds levelled against the IMC.
Addressing journalists in Rivers state, the NDDC's acting MD said the discovery was made while investigating the 2019 appropriation to the commission.
Following an allegation of N40 billion fraud against the interim management committee of the NDDC, the National Assembly on Tuesday, May 5, passed a resolution to investigate the claim.
This is coming after Senator Thompson Sekibo, the chairman of the Senate committee on Navy, debated the motion which he sponsored on how the IMC spent N40 billion within three months.
Similarly, as the NDDC faces the most turbulent period of its existence, more revelations about corruption perpetrated through the commission are beginning to manifest.
Recently, Peter Nwaoboshi, the chairman of the Senate committee on Niger Delta, raised an accusing finger against the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio.
Nwaoboshi said Akpabio failed to execute the contracts he got from the commission worth N500 million.
The fresh accusation came amid a series of ongoing altercations between the Senate and NDDC, following President Muhammadu Buhari's order mandating the forensic audit of the commission.
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