- Corruption mess in the NDDC is still generating massive concerns despite the rested NASS probe
- A whistleblower, Kolawole Johnson, has called on FG to freeze the commission's account over continued reckless spending
- According to him, NDDC has squandered about N9bn in the month of August among other missteps taken under Kemebradikumo Pondei's watch
Kolawole Johnson, head of research, strategy and programme at Act for Positive Transformation Initiative (APTI), has urged the federal government to freeze the account of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Speaking in Abuja, Kolawole said the NDDC has continued to waste the Nigerian resources even after the National Assembly probe that lifted the lids on the controversial expenses of the commission.
Legit.ng reported that the NDDC was recently embroiled in different corruption messes after a joint investigation by the House of Representatives and the Senate uncovered billions of naira aimlessly squandered by the commission.
Kolawole further disclosed that NDDC, under Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei-led monitoring council, had squandered N9 billion in August amid numerous missteps.
The whistleblower also stated that the commission employed about 50 staff members without following the necessary civil service protocols.
“The commission has gone ahead to squander additional N9 billion Naira thereafter, in the last one month. This includes reckless spendthrift of N5.8 billion on fraudulent emergency desilting on the 29th of July, 2020, alone when the nation was on holidays.
“A look at the nominal roll of the commission confirms the alarm on secret employment ongoing in the commission. The management recently employed over 50 contract staff without following civil service rules and guidelines.
“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Assembly, genuine security and anti-corruption agency to immediately freeze the accounts of the commission and apprehend everyone involved in the continuous scandalous pillaging of the agency’s treasury," Kolawole said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Department of State Service (DSS) invited High Chief Sobomabo Jackrich, the chairman, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) COVID-19 Palliative Distribution Committee (PDC) for questioning.
The secret police quizzed Jackrich following a petition he sent to the National Assembly accusing the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of NDDC of diverting the N6.25bn COVID-19 palliatives meant for the Niger Delta region.
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