Nigeria is one of the African countries plagued with corruption, and luckily, the present administration came with a mandate to fight and eradicate corruption, which has been evident recently.
In the wake of the allegations on several persons regarding the probe of the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, the House of Representatives, on Wednesday, revealed the several spendings by the Interim Management Committee of the commission from February to May 2020.
The House of Representatives revealed that the sum of 81.5 billion naira is said to have left the account of the commission without due process, and for no implementation of any known project since the Interim management committee began work.
According to DailyPost, Rep. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on NDDC, made this revelation during an opening ceremony of the ongoing investigative hearing into alleged financial recklessness that is ongoing in the commission.
Rep. Tunji-Ojo went further to say that the investigative hearing was not to witch-hunt anyone but to get to the root of some illness bedevilling the NDDC.
He also went on to breakdown the spendings at the NDDC, as he says that, 1.3 billion naira was taken from the commission for Community relations, 31.4 billion naira was also withdrawn for COVlD-19 palliatives, which included 486 million naira as DTA. 122.9 million naira was also withdrawn for Condolences while 83 million naira was taken for online media Consultancy within just four months.
The law maker further said that the NDDC further spent the sum of 220 million naira for just maintenance, and 85.6 million naira for oversea travel which included 790.9 million naira as imprest, with another 1.956 billion naira to fight the spread of Lassa fever, while 900 million naira went for Legal services.
Pertaining to projects which are not still evident in the NDDC, the lawmaker claimed that the IMC also spent the sum of 1.121 billion naira for Project public communication, and also spent 744 million naira on Security; with 248 million naira for stakeholders engagement. While 8.8 billion naira went for staff payment expenditure.
Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, who is the Speaker of the House of Representatives, declared the investigative hearing open, as he called on the committee members to make Niger Delta proud by staying on the path of truth.
The monies spent within four months with nothing to show for is worth being probed. Imagine the 248 million spent for what they call stakeholders engagement (Rep Tunji-Ojo asked).
It is obvious that corruption and malfeasance took over the NDDC, and it is a job well done as the probe continues. Nigerians are jobless, many can't even afford a square meal, roads are bad, yet these monies are spent without due process. What your opinion? Let's hear from you.
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