No senator collected N20m COVID-19 palliative from NDDC, says Senate

No senator collected N20m COVID-19 palliative from NDDC, says Senate

- Senate has denied that any senator collected N20 million as COVID-19 palliatives from the NDDC

- Ajibola Basiru, the Senate spokesperson, revealed this in a statement on Tuesday, September 1

- Basiru stated this in reaction to an allegation made by NDDC's director of projects, Cairo Ojougboh

The Nigerian Senate has debunked the claim that members of the upper legislative chamber received N20 million as COVID-19 palliative from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). gathered that this was disclosed by Senator Dr. Ajibola Basiru the Senate spokesperson in a series of tweets titled, “NDDC boss says senators got N20m, reps N15m each for COVID–19 – a disclaimer,” on Tuesday, September 1.

Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, the director of projects, Interim Management Committee of the NDDC, had alleged in an interview that the commission gave each senator N20 million while House of Representatives members collected N15m as COVID-19 palliative.

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No senator collected N20m COVID-19 palliative from NDDC, says Senate
Senate has denied lawmakers collected N20m COVID-19 palliative from NDDC. Photo credit: Senate/Facebook
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Basiru while denying Ojougboh’s claims challenged the director to either provide evidence to back up his claim or list the names of the senators he allegedly gave money to.

He also demanded a public apology and an immediate retraction if Ojougboh failed to provide the full list of the lawmakers who benefitted from the palliative.

In a similar development, the IMC of the commission 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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Earlier, reported that Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, the chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on the NDDC, said members of the IMC of NDDC had resolved to blackmail the National Assembly.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker said it is to distract attention from the realities within the commission.

Tunji-Ojo who represents Akoko North East/West in the green chamber said his committee and the National Assembly will not be distracted or intimidated in the discharge of their responsibilities.

The committee chairman stated this in reaction to an allegation by Ojougboh that he removed a N10 billion rice project from the commission's 2019 budget and put a supply of chairs to schools that don't exist instead.

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