By Levinus Nwabughiogu
A Civil Society Organization, Act for Positive Transformation Initiative, APTI has written to the National Assembly, asking it to cease the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC from making additional procurements and fee of allowances apart from salaries of workers.
This, APTI stated was in view of the expiration of NDDC’s 2019 funds on May 31, 2020.
In a letter dated June 29, 2020, addressed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, APTI stated that the fee by means of the Interim Management Committee, IMC has abused all extant legal guidelines regulating its actions.
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It can be recalled that the National Assembly has taken a decision to probe alleged misappropriation of N40 billion within the Commission.
Titled “Save the Niger Delta Development Commission Now,” the letter which was acquired by the workplace of the Speaker on June 30, 2020, was signed by the CSO’s Head, Directorate of Research, Strategy and Programs, Kolawole Johnson and made obtainable to Journalists.
Johnson within the letter additional said that the fee was but to submit its 2019 funds efficiency to allow the parliament to start legislative work on the 2020 funds submitted to the National Assembly and subsequently shouldn’t be allowed to make expenditures.
The letter learn in elements: “That the National Assembly directs the Commission to cease all types of procurement; That the National Assembly directs the fee and related businesses to cease all types of fee from the fee’s account. A correct account have to be given for the over 80Billion Naira squandered by the fee between January and May 2020; that the fee must be allowed to pay salaries solely; That the National Assembly directs the fee to cease funds of all types of allowances as this has been grossly abused.
“The Interim Management Committee members pay themselves, month-to-month, a number of unlawful allowances operating into tons of of thousands and thousands. Same is prolonged to some workers of the fee. An instance is the fee of particular imprest unknown to legislation.
“Members of the Interim Management Committee additionally use financial institution accounts of workers of the fee for such unlawful funds.
“They additionally obtain 10 million nairas month-to-month for internet hosting guests. These funds should not linked to the cash already offered within the funds for venture monitoring, which has been overdrawn by over 180m in the previous few months.
“That the National Assembly strives to save the commission from the monster of corruption through the ongoing probe. Among numerous agitations, our office is, in recent times, inundated with cries from students abroad under the commission’s scholarship who are currently stranded in different countries. While these students are facing untold hardship, the present Interim Management Committee members are busy paying themselves money due to students”.
APTI pleaded with the National Assembly to make the probe of the alleged misappropriation of N40 billion a stay telecast to allow Nigerians to observe the proceedings.
“We wish to reiterate our call for a live telecast of the public hearing”, Johnson stated.