Senate yesterday ordered thorough investigation on allegedly failed N2.4billion project awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, in Delta State.
The Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions is to investigate the 2.3km Agbarho township road project in Delta State awarded by the NDDC in 2009.
This was sequel to a petition from the Agbarho (Urhobo) Improvement Union Incorporated addressed to the Senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and presented on the floor of the upper chamber by the senator representing Delta Central senatorial district, Senator Ighoyota Amori.
The deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over plenary, asked the committee to investigate the alleged fraud and report back to the Senate within four weeks.
In the petition signed by their president-general, Chief John Gbenedio and Major General O.E. Obadia, the group alleged that the contractors failed to execute the project despite the fact that the firm had collected N720million as mobilisation fee.
According to the group, the contractors, Messrs Serena Rocks Limited collected the first mobilisation fee of N360million in 2011 and another N360million mobilisation fee in 2012 without mibilising men and materials to site.
They lamented that all efforts by community leaders to get the contractors execute the project since then had been unsuccessful, as the NDDC management was not forthcoming with any information.
“NDDC officials also confirmed to us that over N668million is in custody of the contractors for over five years now without any job done on the project,” they stated.
The petitioners noted with concern that asearch conducted by it at the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, in Abuja revealed that all the three directors of the company were foreigners, namely Imed Aoun, Laurent Aoun and Joan Aoun, who only paid and filed the annual return of the company in 2009.
They alleged further that all the three directors curiously applied to have their signatures changed in 2010 after the award of the contract and that the CAC granted their application.

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