Auditor- General for the federation has accused the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, of refusing to respond to the Special Periodic Checks which revealed N183.7 billion was misappropriated by the Commission.
It urged the NDDC and the public to note that the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation stands by the Special Periodic Checks on the NDDC and its contents.
It advised that instead of casting aspersions on the recently submitted Special Periodic Checks to the National Assembly, any dissatisfied person or body should avail themselves of avenues for redress.
A statement released yesterday by the Deputy Director, Media & Public Relations, Office of Auditor-General for The Federation, Ogunmosunle, Olawunmi A. said “any person or corporate organisation that is not satisfied with the contents of the Special Report has opportunity to defend itself before the Public Accounts Committees (PACs) of the National Assembly”.
Ogunmosunle stated that “It is noteworthy to state that it took NDDC, 16 months to grant the Office permission to commence the periodic checks beginning from 9th December, 2011 to 6th May, 2013.
“Similarly, it took another 16 months and several reminders to the NDDC with effect from the 24th of April, 2014 to 12th August, 2015 before the final report was submitted to the National Assembly.
“It may interest the reading publics to know that at the time of this Press Release, the NDDC is yet to respond to the Special Periodic Checks.”
The statement unequivocally noted that the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation has a constitutional mandate to submit its Reports to the National Assembly and in doing so, due process are usually followed.
It accuse the NDDC of using some electronic and print media to deny and cast aspersions on the Special Periodic Checks recently submitted to the National Assembly instead of responding to issues raised.

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