- Fresh revelations are emerging concerning the scandal rocking Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)
- Peter Nwaoboshi, a serving senator, has been fingered in a N3.6 billion contract fraud
- The Nigerian senator was accused by the commission of using 11 companies as fronts to secure a contract
More revelations about the corruption crisis rocking the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) have emerged.
In what can be described as a shocking turn of events, the commission has revealed stunning information that implicates Peter Nwaoboshi, the chairman of the Senate committee on Niger Delta and NDDC.
As the commission faces the most turbulent period of its existence, NDDC in a statement by its spokesperson, Charles Odili, alleged that back in September 2016, the senator used 11 companies as fronts to secure for himself N3.6 billion contract.
According to Premium Times, Odili in a statement on Sunday, June 7, said the contract involving Nwaoboshi, a PDP senator representing Delta North District, Delta state was the “biggest single case of looting of the Commission’s resources”.
The accusation is coming after Nwaoboshi 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.
NDDC and projects conducted under the commission are being supervised by the Niger Delta affairs ministry which Akpabio, a former governor, supervises.
The commission listed the 11 companies allegedly used by Nwaoboshi to get the N3.6 billion contract, adding that records show the items were supplied and received on the senator's business premises and warehouse.
However, the commission did not mention whether the N3.6 billion contract was a single contract or multiple contracts awarded to the companies.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that things are really getting messier between the National Assembly and the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the NDDC.
The Senate and the House of Representatives have both set up ad-hoc committees to look into the allegation of reckless spending of N40 billion by the NDDC's IMC.
On its part, the IMC has accused some principal members of the National Assembly of plotting and attempting to undo its forensic audit of the NDDC and of padding the 2019 budget.
In fact, Cairo Ojougboh, the NDDC's director of projects, claimed that the heads of the agency's committee in the Senate, Nwaoboshi, and Rep Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, “raised and vandalized” the commission’s 2019 budget.
In a related development, a prominent group in the region, Southern Youths Development Forum inc, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to open a televised probe of the commission.
The call was made by the president of the group, Pastor Bassey James, when he addressed some select journalists in Lagos recently. According to him, this will enable Nigerians to know those who are stealing from the commission.
James added that the money involved is so much that a televised probe will also help the country understand how to guide against future occurrences.
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