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Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, on Monday absolved itself of reports of fresh financial fraud uncovered, just as the forensic audit of the commission is still ongoing..

Director of Corporate Services in the NDDC, Charles Odilli, in a statement titled: ‘Let NDDC Serve the People of the Niger Delta’, said the reports were false and a repeat of allegations which led the National Assembly to order a probe of the administration of its Acting Managing Director, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei.

Defending Pondei, the NDDC management insisted that his administration has been transparent, adding that “schemers” are only out to heat up the polity.

“Less than two weeks after an exhaustive and exhausting public hearings by both chambers of the National Assembly, another round of false reports have surfaced in the media alleging all manners of improprieties by the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission.

“Lest we forget, that probe was set up to uncover the sum of N40 billion missing from the Commission. In order to allay the fears of our stakeholders, we took the unusual step of publishing the list of payments made by the Commission since Pondei came into office. With that publication, the rug was pulled from the feet of our accusers.

“The response of the Commission to the new reports is that there is no fraud at the Niger Delta Development Commission. Prof Pondei has run a very transparent administration and this transparency is now apparent after the searchlight put on his administration in the past one month.
“Another report rehashed the claim of the Contractors Association that the management demands between 20 per cent and 30 per cent kickback before paying contractors. We wish to state categorically that this is false. This allegation was made at the hearing of the Ad hoc Senate Committee which probed the affairs of the Commission.

“Prof Pondei famously said that if any contractor can prove he paid him any money, he would resign. Four weeks since that challenge was thrown on July 9, no one has come out with any proof.

“We suspect that after the scheming of the past four weeks failed to achieve the purpose of sacking the management and scuttling the work on the forensic audit exercise, the schemers are out again to heat up the polity. The point they miss is that the forensic audit exercise is a project of Mr President. Hounding and haunting an innocent academic who is merely on a national assignment will not scuttle the audit,” part of the NDDC statement read.

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