OrderPaperToday – The Senate has resolved to investigate the allegations of corruptions made by the officials of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) against some lawmakers.
Before and during the investigative hearing, several accusations were made that some lawmakers were part of the financial improprieties in the commission as some contracts are in their names.
Acting Executive Director, Projects of the NDDC, Cairo Ojougboh, at one of the hearing, claimed that the budgets of the commission ”have always been hijacked by the leadership of the committee on NDCC from both chambers for their personal gain.
“The budget(s) of the NNDC from 2001 till date, has (have) always been hijacked by the two chairmen of the committee; the chairman in the House and the chairman in the Senate. Not one kobo has been misused since the coming of the IMC.”
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, also accused federal lawmakers of taking up contracts in the Commission.
The Chairman Senate Committee on Niger Delta, Peter Nwaoboshi, was specifically fingered in this allegation by Akpabio.
It was on this background that the report of the seven-man ad-hoc committee to investigate the “financial recklessness” of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the commission was deliberated on Thursday.
Part of the recommendations approved by the red chamber is that “assertions of blackmail by NDDC against members of the National Assembly on the subject of procurement process, must be investigated by the Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges to report back in four weeks. And if found true, parties will be sanctioned accordingly.”