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|NDDC Abandoned’ $70 Million In A Bank For Over A Decade - Akpabio by Realcash224(m): 2:08pm On Dec 30, 2019|
While hundreds of NDDC projects remain abandoned and uncompleted across the oil-producing states, partly due to non-release of funds, the agency ‘abandoned’ $70 million in a bank for over a decade, an official has said.
Some of the projects, including health centres and schools, commenced as far back in 2006 with some of the contractors saying they were abandoned because the NDDC refused to pay them.
While such projects lingered, however, the agency kept the unspent funds and did not return it to the coffers of the federal government as expected.
The minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, said NDDC “abandoned” the $70 million in a bank since 2006, and the bank has now offered to return the money.
Mr. Akpabio, according to a report published on Friday by The Nation newspaper, said a bank came forward with the revelation on the ‘abandoned’ money after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a forensic audit of the NDDC accounts.
The revelation by the minister lends credence to the allegations of corruption and financial recklessness in the NDDC by successive managements.
“I know of a bank that came to say they have $70 million from 2006, one also came to say N170 million had been abandoned, I’ve forgotten in which administrations in the last 11 years, they said they are ready to refund.
“I said no problem, just hang on, we’ll sort all these out when the forensic (audit) comes in to let us know all the recoverable and all that,” The Nation quoted Mr Akpabio to have said in an interview with the paper.
Mr Akpabio said contractors and banks jittery of the impending audit were now coming forward with funds that may have been taken away from unexecuted projects.
Since his appointment as a minister by President Muhammadu Buhari in July, Mr Akapbio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, has repeatedly spoken of how corruption among NDDC officials and contractors has prevented the commission from achieving its mandate of developing the country’s Niger Delta region.
“I think people were treating the place as an ATM, where you just walk in there to go and pluck money and go away, I don’t think they were looking at it as an interventionist agency,” Mr Akpabio had said in November about the level of corruption in the NDDC.
The minister has vowed to clean up the commission which is under his ministry.
It may take up to four months to audit the commission, he told The Nation.
“The rotten system that made this sanitisation process needful took almost 19 years to occur, so we cannot do everything in a month, but the process is on and I assure you in the next three to four months you will see the result and you will be very impressed and the region will be glad for it.
“That will be one of the greatest legacies of President Muhammadu Buhari; being able to clean the Niger Delta Development Commission and being able to refocus it to achieve much for the people of the Niger Delta. History will remember him positively,” the minister said.
|Re: NDDC Abandoned’ $70 Million In A Bank For Over A Decade - Akpabio by daddytime(m): 2:12pm On Dec 30, 2019|
Okay, na...systemic rot everywhere you go in Nigeria.
Ironically, Akpabio's candidate for the Governorship race in his state Akwa Ibom (Nsima Ekere) was until his foray into the political sphere, the board's MD I suppose.
Let's hope no stone will be left unturned while this forensic audit is being carried out.
One can only imagine who has been collecting the interests accruing on such a huge deposit for so long.
|Re: NDDC Abandoned’ $70 Million In A Bank For Over A Decade - Akpabio by dawnomike(m): 2:16pm On Dec 30, 2019|
What a wasteful nation...!!!
|Re: NDDC Abandoned’ $70 Million In A Bank For Over A Decade - Akpabio by Kingosytex(m): 2:19pm On Dec 30, 2019|
Akpabio is certainly going to perform extremely well as a minister. His had some enviable records as a governor.
Kudos to him!!!!!!
|Re: NDDC Abandoned’ $70 Million In A Bank For Over A Decade - Akpabio by GOFRONT(m): 2:24pm On Dec 30, 2019|
In few weeks time, the $70M would be taken to an abbatoir where it'd be butchered and shared into individual pockets...
|Re: NDDC Abandoned’ $70 Million In A Bank For Over A Decade - Akpabio by TechTanic(f): 2:38pm On Dec 30, 2019|
|Re: NDDC Abandoned’ $70 Million In A Bank For Over A Decade - Akpabio by Jimi24: 7:21pm On Dec 30, 2019|
Niger Delta people need psycho-spiritual help. Including the dunce from Otuoke who is hero to some empty young simpletons.
These things should not be happening.
There is ni problem with Nigeria, its structure or its institutions. It is evil, corrupt and empty PEOPLE.
What a shame? Ope s. Ode s
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