- More revelations have emerged from the NDDC probe
- Senate has uncovered how N1.3 trillion was recklessly squandered by the Niger Delta commission
- The Senate probe panel said N4.9 billion was shared by the commission's staff for numerous allowances including Covid-19 palliatives
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More revelations have emerged in the ongoing probe into the reckless spending of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
On Thursday, July 23, the Senate disclosed that since 2015 when the current President Muhammadu 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.
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.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that in no time, a legal suit will be instituted against the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godwill Akpabio, on the order of the leadership of the House of Representatives.
This came after Akpabio failed to provide a comprehensive list of lawmakers who allegedly got contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) within two days, Channels TV reports.
The speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday, July 23, ordered the clerk to go ahead with instituting the suit against the minister.
Gbajabiamila made it clear that no one will be allowed to “assassinate the character of the house” with his threat coming barely forty-eight hours after the Niger Delta minister said the federal lawmakers are the beneficiaries of the shoddy NDDC deal.
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