- A member of IMC, Caroline Nagbo, has denied receiving a sum of N142m from NDDC
- Nagbo described the report as mischievous and misleading
- Sogbeye Eli, an aide to Nagbo, urged the public to discountenance the falsehood and political undertones which inspired the vexatious report
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Caroline Nagbo, a member of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has denied receiving N142 million from the federal agency.
The Nation reports that this followed a report by a Port Harcourt-based newspaper that acting members of the commission each got N142 million.
Legit.ng gathered that Nagbo, who is the only member of the IMC from Rivers state, described the report as mischievous and misleading.
She spoke through her special adviser on technical and youth matters, Sogbeye Eli.
Eli said there was no proceeding or report of the Senate ad hoc committee which probed allegations of financial impropriety against the IMC linking her to the accusation.
He said: “Caroline Nagbo has nothing to do with these figures quoted and recklessly assigned to members of the IMC. It bears no correlation with Nagbo’s records with the Senate.
“The report has misled the public to the belief that the NDDC was looted by our principal, and has damaged her reputation. Nagbo has received nothing not captured in the NDDC conditions of service since she resumed duty.
“We urge the public to discountenance the falsehood and political undertones which inspired the vexatious report.”
The newspaper noted that a firm, Collincrystal Energy, has denied allegations by the NDDC that it was coerced by the National Assembly to make underserved payments to some companies and contractors.
The firm, which was included in the list of companies that received such payments, described the allegations as unfounded, baseless and spurious.
A statement by the head of the project, Austin Onokurefe, said: ”Collincrystal prides on its integrity and timely completion of contracts. The company does not need any coercion of the National Assembly to get paid."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that more revelations emerged following the ongoing probe into the reckless spending of the NDDC.
It was reported that the commission's acting MD, Kemebradikumo Pondei, during the weekend, revealed that NDDC was allegedly coerced to pay for contracts by the National Assembly before its 2019 budget was approved.
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