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If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by Insidenaija: 7:31am On Aug 31, 2020
Probe: Nigeria’ll break if we release list of looters in NDDC — IMC
—Accuses NASS of being terrified by a forensic audit
—Says NASS is using the budget to blackmail c’ttee
—Adds: N51m monthly imprest to MD’ office, not personal money


THE Interim Management Committee, IMC, of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has said that if it releases the list of those involved in looting the commission, the country will break.

The IMC has also accused members of the National Assembly of plotting to stall the forensic audit ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Executive Director in charge of Projects at the NDDC, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, who made the allegation while speaking to Vanguard in Abuja, said that Nigeria would be shocked if the commission releases the names and calibre of persons involved in contract scam in 2017 and 2019 especially among members of the National Assembly.

Recall that the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday last week approved the forensic auditing of about 12 thousand NDDC contracts.

But Dr. Ojougboh alleged that the recent pressure by the National Assembly to probe the activities of the IMC was instigated by the fear of the forensic audit.

He said that the mission of the IMC to the NDDC and the Niger Delta region is to ensure that every naira that had been put into the region through the commission is accounted for and vowed that the committee would dare every odd to ensure that the mission is accomplished, not minding whose ox is gored.

The NDDC Executive Director on Projects took a swipe at the National Assembly for condemning the N51 million monthly imprest for the office of the Acting Managing Director of the Commission and the N18 million imprest for his office, saying that such monies are not personal money but for the upkeep of the place especially in security.

He alleged that a highly placed member of the National Assembly from the South-South whom he accused working against the IMC has a cumulative imprest of about N100 million monthly without the kind of security challenges the NDDC management faces on daily basis.

According to him, “My MD feeds 100 policemen every day and in Port Harcourt as an executive of NDDC, you need security more than anything, till tomorrow, you know of it. When they are sending these policemen, the instruction is fed them, cater for them, that is what is in the letter the police hierarchy sent.

“So people are talking about 51 million of imprest for the MD, it is a security vote, it’s not for his personal pocket, the money does not go to the MD’s account. Myself, N18 million, it does not go to my account, it goes for security and other expenses and it is retired, there is no fraud in it.”

He said when President Buhari nominated them, and they arrived at NDDC office Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, the first thing they noticed was that the two Chairmen (NDDC Committee) in the National Assembly, were the “De Facto management, managers and the executive of NDDC.”

He said as a former member of the National Assembly and a former liaison officer to the President, he has been in the Chambers and in all his life he has been in government since 1999 till date. “So I know what time of the day it is in politics and in governance. So we told them it cannot be business as usual, then they said we must leave.”

Asked what was responsible for the sudden interest of the National Assembly in the activities of the IMC, he said,” God bless you. It’s the forensic audit that the President has instituted because the National Assembly is culpable. At the end of the forensic audit, you will see members of the National Assembly…

“A Senator came and said that in the list of 2016 they brought, that he had only six contracts, I said no, that he had more. What he didn’t know is that we did not release the list for 2017 and the one for 2019. If we release it this country will break.”

Also asked why the country should break, he said, ”Oh because of the people looting, the calibre, the names and people looting the NDDC. And who engineers it? The Chairmen of the NDDC in the senate and House of Representatives in the National Assembly.


“So, when I explained, I told Mr. President to look, my job here is very simple. Mr. President looks, even if it is the only thing I achieve in my life to make sure that things are put right for the people of the Niger Delta to have the benefit of the NDDC. You can call me any name, you can do anything, you can say anything, I don’t care but I must do the right thing and the right thing is that no one penny will be missing.”

He further alleged that the National Assembly had planned to truncate the progress of the forensic audit through various means; first by using the probes by the committees and later by refusing to sign the budget, saying the refusal to sign the budget is an instrument of blackmail against the IMC.

He said, “Mark you, the National Assembly sabotaged, through the instrumentality of the Chairmen of the House and Senate, they sabotaged … if you give them to report, they will say you did not bring performance report. We brought everything that they’ve asked us to bring, but they used the budget as the instrument of blackmail.

“So they have blackmailed the nation and the Niger Delta in the last 20 years, that is why you see that you cannot go to the Niger Delta today and see ten kilometres of dualised roads done by the NDDC, no. What do you see, 500 meters here, 200 meters there and all of them one billion each”, he said.

He, however, said despite efforts of the National Assembly to muzzle the IMC and frustrate the forensic audit, the audit process had progressed as the first leg of the job had already been concluded and the second and final leg would soon kick-off.

He said, “It has started. Why are we here if it has not? The National Assembly wanted to truncate it, they said they will not pass our budget. You know the forensic audit is in two stages; we have procured the lead auditors and they are at work, they have all the files of all the contracts at the NDDC from inception till date.

“The second stage is to send the various auditors to each of the states, the National Assembly people know that’s where they are culpable so they stopped our budget, but the President said the forensic audit must continue that he will fund it.

“The lead auditors have finished their initial job, they have written their report, now each of the states will have one auditor looking at all the contracts and projects in it. That’s what we came here for today. These auditors will now go back to the states tomorrow, once we finish here today and the Council approves it.”

On the allegations of misappropriation against the IMC by the National Assembly committees, Ojougboh said the allegations were just another attempt at blackmail, explaining that the IMC had not awarded a single contract, but had been sorting out what he described as obligatory debts of the NDDC to its contractors.

“That’s the problem. The reason they are touting those multiple billions is just to give us a bad name, the multiple billions that are payments for obligatory debts. The payment is not for me, every year the NDDC spends as much as four to five hundred billion, it is the debt we met on ground.

“People have done their jobs, are we going to say they should not be paid? We have not awarded one contract, people are taking us to court every day. So we look at the projects, we clear them and we pay. They said we spent, but we didn’t spend, rather we paid historic debts”, he explained.

He further said, “They are talking about COVID-19 payment, the federal government is given every citizen N30,000 each, do you know how much federal government has spent? The CBN and many other corporations have been giving COVID-19 allowances, which are within their purview, just like NDDC did.

“In the National Assembly, each of the senators got N20 million, while the House of Representatives members got N15 million for COVID-19 from the National Assembly. They all received COVID19 allowances.”

Asked if the money spent by the commission on COVID-19 palliatives was budgeted for, he said the money was spent under emergency.

He said, “It was not budgeted for because it was an emergency, it’s allowed. It comes under emergency. The N30,000 per person that the federal government is giving to the citizen, was it budgeted for? Did anybody budget for COVID-19? Nobody budgeted for COVID-19. The SGF is the Chairman of the COVID-19 Task Force in Nigeria, was that task force budgeted for? It’s an emergency and it’s allowed.

“What we are saying is that Nigerians must appreciate Mr. President. Like when we got to the headquarter building, no one thought that building could be completed. Today we have completed it, we are inside it, but they will come to tell you that we are inside an uncompleted building, which is a very huge lie.

“We are inside the building that is where I go to work every day. It’s all propaganda by Omo-Agege (Deputy Senate President) and his cohorts just because they want to throw us out of the place because of politics and if we didn’t go there that headquarters building would not be completed.”

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by thesicilian: 7:32am On Aug 31, 2020
God will soon expose all of you.

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by fuckingAyaya(m): 7:32am On Aug 31, 2020
Thieves

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by Pollosa1: 7:33am On Aug 31, 2020
Release it please make anything wey won happen happen. angry

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by Is04970: 7:35am On Aug 31, 2020
Is this a joke or is corruption truly the cord binding Nigeria together?

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by realstars: 7:38am On Aug 31, 2020
We Will Stone Them To Death If Need Be, The Looters Has No Joy.

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by IamWonderful: 7:39am On Aug 31, 2020
Let it break

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by ThatFairGuy1: 7:39am On Aug 31, 2020
This is surprising, I'm bemused

He further said, “They are talking about COVID-19 payment, the federal government is given every citizen N30,000 each, do you know how much federal government has spent? The CBN and many other corporations have been giving COVID-19 allowances, which are within their purview, just like NDDC did.
“In the National Assembly, each of the senators got N20 million, while the House of Representatives members got N15 million for COVID-19 from the National Assembly. They all received COVID19 allowances.”

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by backnbeta(f): 7:40am On Aug 31, 2020
So long a letter shocked

If there's such list that can break up Nigeria, now is the time to release it undecided

But just so you know; Nigeria will not break and heaven will not fall if you release the list of looters. We will just rant and chant on social media, make memes out of it, then move on...that's the Naija way.

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by Olalekank(m): 7:42am On Aug 31, 2020
Wtf

How did we get here?
How’s this supposed to happen?

You know the looters but cannot release their names? That’s absolutely insane!

E no go better for all these leaders

BTW
What’s so breaking about releasing the name of looters?

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by ekestic1976(f): 7:42am On Aug 31, 2020
Release the names at once! It's not releasing names that has brought Nigeria to this sorry pass. Release it, you cringing Collaborators.

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by TheManofTomorrow(m): 7:42am On Aug 31, 2020
I'm not surprised one bit. The part that shocked me was where they said they budgeted 30 thousand naira for citizens of Nigeria. cry

Please are the chosen state the money was allocated to or what? And it's some set of pot-bellied government officials they will loot this money. The oil money is more of a curse than a blessing to this country.

Being a Nigeria is one of the worst things that can happen to anybody
Here they are wasting student's time at home whil3 such enormous money is going into some people's pockets.
May all of them never know peace till the day they draw their last breath.

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by MovieplugPH(m): 7:42am On Aug 31, 2020
Please do
Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by Slawormir: 7:42am On Aug 31, 2020
Damnnnnn niggarrr
Isoright

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by Mistakemaker: 7:43am On Aug 31, 2020
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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by CodeTemplar: 7:43am On Aug 31, 2020
distractions to keep us entertained.

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by Maxymilliano(m): 7:43am On Aug 31, 2020

THE Interim Management Committee, IMC, of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has said that if it releases the list of those involved in looting the commission, the country will break.


So you want to hold NIgeria down with corruption abi ?

Clowns

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by omooba969(m): 7:43am On Aug 31, 2020
Our so called education in Nigeria counts for nothing coz if only we know the kind of harm/damage we do to ourselves by allowing institutional corruption to fester; we wouldn't waste time throwing corrupt officials in jail.

It's a pity disaster everyone is corrupt! cool

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by Opexzy: 7:43am On Aug 31, 2020
Please do quickly, you would be doing us all a favour. Anything to break this arrangement we dubbed a country.

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by Sacchi1162(m): 7:43am On Aug 31, 2020
Release the names o. We want it to break sef let's go our way

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by ndidibabe(f): 7:43am On Aug 31, 2020
This people are mad o. We want it to break na
..

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by G12(m): 7:43am On Aug 31, 2020
Joke of a country!

Abeg, which crime can one commit to be "deported" to another country, maybe Canada?

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by Madibah(m): 7:44am On Aug 31, 2020
Nigeria will break as how?
We Don break since na

See wynin sha undecided

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by malele(m): 7:44am On Aug 31, 2020
Wrong Nigeria won’t break , Nigeria is filled with stupid people , they will make joke of it and it will pass

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by adeshina86: 7:44am On Aug 31, 2020
Pls expose names biko

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by heykims(m): 7:44am On Aug 31, 2020
People attacked Obasanjo then when he said even Jesus cannot conduct a perfect free and fair election in Nigeria.
Omo even Jesus becomes Nigeria President today, it'll be very difficult for bros Jay o as this country seems irredeemable.

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by ZACHIE: 7:44am On Aug 31, 2020
HOHOHOHO
Please, release it. Let Nigeria splinter in peace.
We will love to begin again and you can have your NDDC

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by EXLOVER(m): 7:44am On Aug 31, 2020
Very shameful country is

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Re: If We Release Names, List Of Looters In NDDC, Nigeria Will Break — Committee by HeavenlyHolines(m): 7:44am On Aug 31, 2020
God have mercy on us ooo. See the way politicians are playing with her mindset with their divide and rule game abi na conspiracy theory pattern. These guys know how to cajole us to think that things r well whereas things aren't. If breaking will lead to our good,let's scatter instead of using kerosene to fry chicken

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