NDDC denies alleged payment of COVID-19 palliative to federal lawmakers, says it's false

NDDC denies alleged payment of COVID-19 palliative to federal lawmakers, says it's false

- NDDC has made clarifications on the alleged payment of COVID-19 palliative to members of the Senate

- The commission’s acting executive director (projects), Cairo Ojougboh, denied the report in a statement on Tuesday, September 1

- Ojougboh, however, urged the Senate and the National Assembly to discountenance the report

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Following the allegation of paying some amount of money as COVID-19 palliatives to members of the Senate, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has reacted.

Channels TV reports that the NDDC’s acting executive director (projects), Cairo Ojougboh, denied the claim in a statement on Tuesday, September 1.

Legit.ng gathered that Ojougboh who clarified the controversy sparked by the claim also denied issuing any statement as purported in the report.

He stressed that there was no way the agency could have made such payments as there was no provision for such in the NDDC’s budget.

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NDDC denies alleged payment of COVID-19 palliative to federal lawmakers, says it's false

The NDDC’s acting executive director (projects), Cairo Ojougboh. Credit: Channels TV.
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Ojougboh said he would have resisted such a payment if it was brought up, adding that the Interim Management Committee (IMC) has championed a campaign to cleanse the NDDC of obvious corruption and frivolous payments.

He noted that the IMC has the mandate to restore the agency to its core mandate of facilitating the sustainable development of the Niger Delta region.

Ojougboh, however, urged the Senate and the National Assembly to discountenance the report and assured them of the IMC’s cooperation to strengthen the NDDC and make it worthy to meet its obligations to the region.

The statement read: "I want to state without equivocation, without any hint of doubt, that I neither issued nor made such a statement. Indeed, there is no provision in the commission’s budget for such a payment."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the leadership of the NDDC revealed why President Muhammadu Buhari took over the funding of the agency's forensic audit.

It was reported that the IMC of the NDDC disclosed that the president took over the financial responsibility following the delay of the National Assembly to pass the commission's 2020 budget.

In another report, Caroline Nagbo, a member of the IMC of the NDDC denied receiving N142 million from the federal agency.

This followed a report by a Port Harcourt-based newspaper that acting members of the commission each got N142 million.

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.

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