COVID-19: NDDC top official alleges N6.25bn palliatives diverted

COVID-19: NDDC top official alleges N6.25bn palliatives diverted

- An official of the NDDC has alleged that the Interim Management Committee (IMC) diverted N6.25 billion

- Sobomabo Jackrich stated that the funds were approved as COVID-19 palliative for indigent persons in Niger Delta

- Jackrich made the allegation known in a petition sent to the National Assembly

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A report by The Nation indicates that the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) allegedly diverted N6.25 billion approved as COVID-19 palliative by President Muhammadu Buhari for Niger Delta indigenes.

High Chief Sobomabo Jackrich, the chairman of the Palliative Distribution Committee (PDC) made the allegation in a petition dated Monday, August 3, sent to the Senate and House of Representatives.

He called on both chambers of the National Assembly to investigate his claim with a view to compelling management led by Prof. Keme Pondei to account for the money.

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Jackrich in the petition accused the IMC of hijacking the process.

COVID-19: NDDC top official alleges N6.25bn palliatives diverted

Prof. Keme Pondei, acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)
Source: UGC

He said though the palliative distribution was flagged off in Rivers state, however, some people within the commission gave a false impression that it had been distributed.

The PDC chairman in the petition further claimed that he cannot account for the palliatives as his committee was sidelined because he demanded accountability and transparency in the processes.

He went on to note that there is nothing on the ground to show that N6.25 billion was invested for its original purpose.

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Earlier, reported that top federal government officials, two former governors, and some traditional rulers were listed as beneficiaries of contracts from the NDDC.

A document recently released showed that police officers, officers from other security agencies and judiciary officials also got NDDC contracts worth billions of dollars over the years.

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This latest disclosure is in addition to the list sent by the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Godswill Akpabio, to the House of Representatives speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, which also included names of some lawmakers as contract beneficiaries of the commission.

In other news, Senator James Manager has said he did not benefit from any contract.

Manager, a former chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs disclosed this while reacting to allegations from the executive director, Projects of the agency, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh.

Ojougboh had accused the senator of getting contracts from the commission. Going further, Manager also threatened legal action against Ojougboh for defamation.

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