Senate probes NDDC over inflation of N2.5b to N65b

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Senate has commenced investigation into inflation of N2.5 billion contract to N65 billion by Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The contract allegedly inflated by the NDDC is for the Water hyacinth.

The Senate had written to Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr. Enyia Akwagaga twice to come with relevant documents relating to all awarded contracts particularly that Water Hyacinth Contract.

But, the MD of the Commission declined to appear before for the Senate Committee on Public Account because he is indisposed.

Representing the MD, the Director on Special Duties, Nosakhare Agbongiaaede told the lawmakers that the Managing Director of NDDC is indisposed assuring the Senators that all needed documents will be provided at the next scheduled meeting.

According to him, the MD is unable to appear for the hearing because she is indisposed. The Committee should fix the meeting for another day that is convenient to the lawmakers.

On non-submission of the relevant documents to the Committee, Nosakhare said it was an oversight on the part of the Commission promising to provide all relevant documents to the Committee on Monday.

Responding to the submission of representative of NDDC MD, the Chairman of the Public Account Committee, Mathew Uroghide said that the information at the disposal of the committee shows that NDDC paid N2.5 billion for the contract of N65 billion

He said although the current was just appointed but, she must be able to defend the allegation because government is continuous.

Dr (Mrs.) Akwagaga has assumed duties as the Acting Managing Director of the Commission was appointed in August following the removal of Professor Nelson Brambaifa interim management board of the NDDC and mandated it to handover to the most senior staff of the agency.

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