Anti-Corruption Group Throws Weight Behind NDDC Board Shakeup, Accuses EDP’s Office Of Severe Mass Fraud

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Following the discovering of alleged thundering corruption, extortion, contract diversion, administrative apathy, nepotism, favouritism and other fraudulent practices at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the Minister of Niger Delta Affair, Mr. Usani Uguru Usani had threatened to carry out a major shakeup in the Commission and investigate all allegations.

Against this back drop, an anti-corruption group, the Foundation for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade (FHACC) has thrown its weight behind the Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Usani to carry out a major shakeup in the Commission and commence investigation into the whole allegations.

In a communiqué signed by FHACC, National President, Alaowei Cleric (Esq.) and 20 others after a closed door meeting in Patani, Patani local government area of Delta state and obtained by HardReporters, the group disclosed that an ongoing severe massive fraud is currently ravaging the office of the commission’s Executive Director of Projects (EDP), and therefore called on Acting President Yemi Osibanjo to as a matter of urgency and importance carry out a major reshuffling in the EDP’s office.

“Our findings shows that NDDC is enmeshed with alleged corrupt practices which is practically irredeemable in the office of the Executive Director of Projects. As an anti-corruption organization, we have taken a deem view of the Commission with a view to unraveling some of the mischief in its administration which include; contract diversion and hijack by powerful forces in or outside the commission instead of public bidding.

“Contractors been denied of tender documents even when they have obtained bank drafts as published by the commission except they are connected, refusal by the office of EDP to act on internal memos or external correspondences, alleged refusal to attend to projects evaluation reports sent from various states offices to raise interim payment certificates and contract agreements not been signed except the affected persons has to settle relevant authorities.”

FHACC, while also accusing NDDC of refusal to carry out Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report in most of its major projects which have caused grievous harm to some communities where the projects are sited; it noted that funds budgeted for the EIA in 2016 ran into private pockets which has made the commission derailed from its responsibilities in reports.

“The board barely allows visitors to gain access to the commission’s office even on visiting days, major projects that run into billions of naira are given to cronies, contractors been given award letters without going to site and certificates are issued to them for completion of a milestone of projects without execution.” the group stated, and called on the anti-graft agencies to beam their searchlights on the NDDC Board, vowing to continue to expose the predicament in public institutions as an anti-corruption organization.

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