NDDC probe report: Senate indicts Akpabio, calls for sack of IMC

NDDC probe report: Senate indicts Akpabio, calls for sack of IMC

Senate after critical examination of the financial recklessness in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, has indicted Godswill Akpabio, saying he was among the culprits alongside the Interim Management Committee (IMC), it set up.

The Nigerian Senate returned a damning verdict guilty for monumental fraud in the operations of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The ad hoc committee investigating financial recklessness in the NDDC, observed how the ministry was culpable of negligent supervision of the commission in its report on Thursday, where it stated how the interventionist agency spent a staggering N1.3 trillion within four years, mostly reeking of malfeasance.

While presenting the reports of its investigative to the whole members of the upper legislative chambers of the National Assembly, days after the acting NDDC Managing Director, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, slumped at a public hearing, Senate Committee Chairman on NDDC, Olubunmi Adetunmbi, said much of the expenses on the whopping amount, were extra-budgetary.

He added that the Committee observed process errors and infractions, as well as substantial payments, were made to staff in the form of unjustifiable allowances.
He said the committee observed process errors and infractions, as well as substantial payments, were made to staff in the form of unjustifiable allowances.

The investigation further revealed that the NDDC paid 4.9 billion Naira to staff for numerous allowances including COVID-19 relief, tour duty allowances, overseas travel, and international scholarships.

Curiously, the payment for overseas travel and scholarship was during the lockdown and cessation of flights abroad.

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It further noted that the performance of the interim management committee IMC is a major issue as the record of the IMC has not shown any record of prudence and it should be dissolved.

The committee also raised an alarm over the forensic audit called for by President Buhari, stating that it is at a rudimentary level with the recruitment of the auditors still underway even after eight months.

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