NDDC denies awarding N500m to Akpabio

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By Ikenna Omeje

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has denied allegation levelled against it by  Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta  that the Commission awarded a contract of N500 million to the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, which he did not execute.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Commission’s Director, Corporate Affairs, Charles Obi Odili, on Monday.

“Our attention has been drawn to a statement by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta  that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) awarded a contract of N500 million to the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, which he did not execute.

“The Commission wishes to state that it has searched through its records and there is no evidence of any contract awarded to Senator Akpabio or any company associated with him by the NDDC” the statement read.

According to the Commission, questions should be directed at Nwaboshi rather for using 11 front companies (owned or traceable to him) to secure a contract worth N3.6 billion in September 2016, which is “perhaps the biggest single case of looting of the Commission’s resources.”

The Commission said the  companies/business names used by Nwaboshi are; Noan Integrated Services, De Towers Constructions & Allied Services Ltd, Franstine Nigeria Enterprises, Edrihide Company, Isumabe U.K. Global, Benchmark Construction & Allied Services Ltd, Millstone Allied Builders Ltd, Nelpat Nigeria Company, Agh-Rown Ventures, Edendoma Stars International and Antlers Construction and Allied Works Ltd.

The Commission stated that in flagrant contravention of section 58(4) (a) and (d) of the Public Procurement Act, all supply agreements were signed by one and the same person being Mr. Agbamuche Nelson, traceable to Senator Nwaoboshi.

“The inventory records show that these items were supplied and received on Senator Nwaoboshi’s business premises and warehouse. Meanwhile, the contracts were awarded to him.

“However, some of the items supplied to Nwaoboshi’s warehouse through his cronies, were later resold to the Delta state government, while the others were sold to other states through contracts awarded to him.

“All supply agreements were signed by one and the same person being Mr. Agbamuche Nelson, traceable to Senator Nwaoboshi. This is in flagrant contravention of section 58(4) (a) and (d) of the Public Procurement Act. No wonder Sen. Nwaoboshi and his cohorts are jittery about the ongoing forensic audit exercise in the NDDC and are doing everything possible to derail it.

“We believe that until Senator Nwaoboshi can absolve himself of his role in the looting of the resources of the Commission, he should step aside from any investigative activity against the Commission,” it stated, adding that NDDC deserves the freedom to deliver on its mandate.

 

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