Senate panel asks NDDC to refund money paid to staff

Senate panel asks NDDC to refund money paid to staff

- The Senate asked NDDC to refund the money paid to their staff as palliatives

- Going further, the Senate asked Buhari to dissolve the IMC

- Meanwhile, the committed said the commission should now report directly to Buhari

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The Interim Management Committee (IMC) has been asked to return the fund paid to staff of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

This call was made by the Senate ad hoc committee investigating the misappropriation of funds in the NDDC on Thursday, July 23.

Also, the panel asked the Niger Delta commission to report directly to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Going further, the committed asked Buhari to dissolve the IMC and set up a board for the commission, Premium Times reports.

Senate panel asks NDDC to refund money paid to staff
the committed asked Buhari to dissolve the IMC and set up a board for the commission.
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The recommendations were read out by the chairman of the committee, Olubunmi Adetumbi.

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According to the lawmakers, the commission has unlawfully spent over N40 billion of the commission’s fund within the last three months.

According to the committee, the commission spent billions of naira on “overseas travel allowance” at a time when countries were on lockdown and international flights were not operating.

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Meanwhile, had reported that more revelations have emerged in the ongoing probe into the spending of the NDDC

On Thursday, July 23, the Senate disclosed that since 2015 when the current President Buhari-led government took over till 2019, the commission has spent about N1.3 trillion.

The eye-opening revelation was made during a plenary after the Senate committee probing the NDDC submitted its reports to the National Assembly.

The committee, led by Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi, said most of the spendings were extra-budgetary, adding that errors and infractions, as well as substantial payments, were made to staff in the form of unjustifiable allowances.

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According to the committee's findings, N4.9 billion was shared by staff of the commission for numerous allowances including Covid-19 palliative, overseas travel, and international scholarships.

The upper chamber also called on the current commission to refund the N4.923 billion it paid to staff and contractors in breach of the procurement process and approvals.

All the revelations were made known days after Kemebradikumo Pondei, the acting NDDC managing director, slumped at a public hearing.

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