Again, NDDC entangled in web of scandals

 
Sun May 17th, 2020 - Delta
 

NDDC office

Amid the anticipation of the much-touted forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the agency has been enmeshed in yet another web of scandal involving questionable awards and payments for unbudgeted contracts.

At a time when people are losing faith in the ability of legislative and political actors to ensure the reign of corporate governance in the NDDC, the National Assembly against all odds, has ordered a probe into alleged financial malfeasance in the outfit, particularly, the alleged spending of N40b within three months, by the Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei-led Interim Management Committee (IMC).

At the centre of the brewing contract scandal, is the IMC, which was set up to oversee the forensic audit of the NDDC, where corruption has undermined all efforts to develop the Niger Delta region.

The action of the National Assembly is predicated on a flurry of petitions to it, anti-graft agencies, the Nigeria Police by groups, including Transparency and Accountability Advancement Group; Niger Delta Transparency and Accountability Watchdog; Niger Delta Rights Advocates; Niger Delta Frontline Coalition (NDFC), as well as an environmental activist, Hosanna Jalogho-Williams, who specifically accused the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio of micromanaging the NDDC.

 
 

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source: Guardian