NDDC Chief Summoned by Senate Over N65 Billion project


THE Senate on Thursday directed the Acting Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr Enyia Akwagaga, to seem earlier than it subsequent Tuesday.

Senate Committee on Public Accounts Chairman Matthew Urhoghide gave the directive following Akwagaga’s absence at a listening to on the award of N65 billion contracts.

The contracts have been awarded between 2017 and this yr for clearing water hyacinth and desilting rivers within the area.

Urhoghide stated the Committee was conscious that N2.5 billion was allotted for the contract, and that N65 billion has allegedly been spent to date.

He stated that if the data is confirmed, it could imply that the funds for the contract has been exceeded.

Urhoghide stated: “We wish to verify if due processes have been adopted within the award of those contracts, notably the data that now we have at our disposal that they exceeded funds limits.

“What we all know is that N2.5 billion was budgeted for the desilting and clearing of water hyacinths. We heard that the Commission has spent over N 65billion. This committee is charged with the duty of guaranteeing that there are transparency, accountability and financial system, that’s, there’s worth for cash.

“Once we can ascertain that the Commission has done it well, of course, they are not going to have any problem. If not, we will recommend appropriate sanctions.”

The Committee additionally mandated the NDDC boss to ahead all related details about the contracts to it on or earlier than subsequent Monday.

The required data consists of the challenge title, contractors’ names and addresses, contract location, contract sum, date of award, the quantity paid thus far and the precise date of completion.

The committee additionally demanded the unique copy of all of the newspaper ads for the contract, technical bids for the job by every of the bidders, monetary bids submitted by every of the bidders, deduction of taxes, and proof of remittances.

NDDC Director of Special Duties, Nosakhare Agbongiasede, stated Akwagaga couldn’t honour the invitation as a result of she was indisposed.

“She is sorry for her inability to come,” Agbongiasede stated.

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