- Pondei has petitioned the police over failed NDDC contracts
- Specifically, the NDDC acting MD wants the police to investigate seven contractors
- The contracts are said to be worth N1.625 billion
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Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei has petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IG) over the refusal of seven contractors to deliver on what they were paid for.
The contractors are to supply chairs and desks worth N1.625 billion fully paid for by the commission for primary and secondary schools in the nine states of the Niger Delta Region.
Pondei, who is the acting managing director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), in a six-page petition dated July 29, entitled “Re: Forwarding of documents in respect of ongoing investigation,” claimed the contractors were each paid the sum of N232,209,600.00 to manufacture the chairs and desks.
The MD said the contractors delivered the chairs and desks to a warehouse not affiliated to the commission, This Day reports.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that following the ongoing probe into the reckless spending of NDDC more revelations have emerged.
The commission's acting MD, during the weekend, revealed that NDDC was allegedly coerced to pay for contracts by the National Assembly before its 2019 budget was approved.
Pondei also alleged that over the years some lawmakers especially adhoc committee members held the commission hostage with the budget approval.
The statement signed by Pondei's special adviser on media, Edgar Ebigoni, gave a detailed list of the contracts which the National Assembly allegedly compelled the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the commission to pay before having its budget approved.
According to Pondei, the contracts which they were reportedly strong-armed to pay were mostly never done or sometimes, never completed.
He said: “This blackmail scheme explains why the 2019 Budget of the NDDC was passed by the NASS Committee in March, 2020. We are talking about a budget that was billed to expire in May, 2020.
This implication is that the management of the NDDC had only five weeks, to implement the budget of one fiscal year, and present a performance report on the same budget."
Legit.ng had reported that the minister of Niger Delta Affairs Godswill Akpabio reportedly linked three former governors to some contracts awarded by the NDDC.
Akpabio had in communique alleged that two governors from Delta state executed some contracts for the commission.
The minister was also reported to have named a former governor of Abia state as a beneficiary of NDDC contracts.
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