- NDDC has denied the trending social media photo of alleged N2.3bn Bayelsa wooden bridge
- Charles Odili, the director, corporate affairs of NDDC, said the picture is fake
- Odili described the social media post as propaganda by those who want NDDC scrapped
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has described as fake the trending social media picture of a purported N2.3 billion wooden bridge project at Elebele, Ogbia local government area, Bayelsa state.
The Nation reports that the director, corporate affairs of NDDC, Charles Odili, in a statement said: “We have gone through our records for the past 18 years and there is even no contract offer for the construction of a bridge in the community.
“While awaiting NDDC’s intervention, the community undertook self-help and built the wooden bridge. No NDDC input. NDDC has not paid out any money for it. In clear terms, this bridge has nothing to do with NDDC.”
Legit.ng gathered that Odili described the social media post as propaganda by those who want NDDC scrapped to deny people of the Niger Delta the benefit of infrastructural and economic development.
He said: “The fake photograph is a follow up to false allegations and campaigns launched by detractors in news and social media space, even at the recent public hearing by the National Assembly. These forces are not from the Niger Delta."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG) called on President Muhammadu Buhari to heed the Nigerian Senate's advice to sack the management of the NDDC.
It was reported that the Nigerian Senate had on Thursday, July 23, asked the president to as a matter of urgency sack the Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei-led Interim Management Committee of the NDDC over alleged financial recklessness.
The upper chamber of the National Assembly also called for a new board of the NDDC to be constituted and the interventionist agency returned under the supervision of the presidency.
The group urged the president to adopt the resolution of the Senate in order not to give the impression that the All Progressives Congress-led federal government condones corruption.
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