Corruption so far uncovered in NDDC, what anti-corruption agencies should investigate

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Corruption so far uncovered in NDDC

• “People were treating the place (NDDC) as an ATM, where you just walk in there to go and pluck money and go away” -Godswill Akpabio

• “NDDC has 12,000 abandoned projects in the Niger Delta” -Godswill Akpabio

• “There is no way NDDC road can last (for) even two years” -Godswill Akpabio

• NDDC owes over N2 trillion to contractors- Godswill Akpabio

• The Federal Government owes NDDC N1trillion in 10 years- NDDC Management

• “N2.5billion budgeted by NDDC for desilting and clearing of water hyacinths inflated to N65billion”- Senate Public Accounts Committee

• “A particular NDDC contract was awarded 55 times”- Former Acting MD Joi Nunieh

• Over 55 NDDC Interim Payment Certificate issued for a contract awarded in a particular state- Former Acting MD Joi Nunieh

• Fake photographs of completed jobs are submitted for NDDC payments. Sometimes the same photos are submitted for different projects -Former Acting MD Joi Nunieh

• “People collect contracts for the same roads from the state government, from FERMA and then they come to NDDC and collect the same road project”- Former Acting MD Joi Nunieh

• $70million of NDDC money was stored in a commercial bank since 2006- Godswill Akpabio

• N170 million NDDC funds abandoned in a bank for years- Godswill Akpabio

• Some banks deliberately withhold money belonging to NDDC- Godswill Akpabio

• NDDC pays N300 million annually as rent for its office space while its headquarter building started 23 years ago is uncompleted- Godswill Akpabio

• NDDC pays fee of N1billion monthly to a consultant that collects money from International Oil Companies (IOCs), on its behalf- Former Acting MD Joi Nunieh

• NDDC gave N4.3billion cash grants to NGOs, 90% of which were not registered- Godswill Akpabio

• Past NDDC management awarded 1,921 ‘emergency contracts’ at N1.070 trillion in seven months, against an annual budget of about N400 billion- NDDC Interim Management Committee

• NDDC contracts worth over N67billion were never executed- House of Representatives Committee

• NDDC made excess payments of N5.8 billion to contractors- House of Representatives Committee

• NDDC awarded a N34million consultancy for ‘Reputation Management’- Kolawole Johnson

• N641million was paid to consultants for ‘Media Support for Forensic Audit’. – Johnson Kolawole

• Payment for contracts are routinely channeled into the private accounts of NDDC staff’- Johnson Kolawole

• Money meant for NDDC contracts were paid into the private account of Bureau d’ Change Operators- Johnson Kolawole

• NDDC leadership paid funds meant for student scholarships into private bank accounts’ -Johnson Kolawole

• ‘No Forensic Audit on NDDC is currently going on’- Former Acting MD Joi Nunieh

• Contracts are given to unregistered companies and companies still undergoing registration – Former Acting MD Joi Nunieh

• “Godswill Akpabio asked me to award N5billion contract for the supply of materials that were already in the NDDC Warehouse”- Former Acting MD Joi Nunieh

• 60 Percent of NDDC Contracts are awarded to National Assembly Members- Godswill Akpabio Minister of Niger Delta Affairs

• While the Probe Panel was still sitting, another fraudulent payment of N691 million was made by the NDDC- House of Reps Probe Panel

• NDDC had up to 311 accounts in various banks- Godswill Akpabio Minister of Niger Delta Affairs

• In one day, NDDC made multiple transactions of N49milion out of the Commission’s account.- Godswill Akpabio Minister of Niger Delta Affairs

. NDDC spent N1.5 billion for staff as ‘COVID-19 relief funds’. – Kemebradikumo Pondei head of NDDC IMC

About Samuel Abasiekong 284 Articles
Samuel Abasiekong, Senior Journalist, Newspaper Publisher, Author of many literature text books, French-English, English-French languages Translator and Interpreter, Multi-sectoral Counsellor & Consultant, National Convener of National Public Interest Group - NPIG, Secretary Uyo Division of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, News Editor & Reporter @ 9News Nigeria

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