By Lillian Ogbonna (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), in response to trending reports that it made large cash deposits into the accounts of members of the Senate as COVID-19 palliatives, has denied making such payments, lambasting those making such suggestions for being mischievous.
NDDC’s position on the matter was made known by its acting Executive Director (Projects), Dr Cairo Ojougboh, via a statement on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.
Ojougboh, while stating that the NDDC could not have made payments that were not captured in the commission’s budget, also denied issuing any statement as purported in the viral report.
Speaking further, Ojougboh added that there was no way an Interim Management Committee (IMC) that was committed to the task of sanitizing the NDDC and repositioning it for more efficient and effective service delivery to the Niger Delta region and its people, would approve such bogus disbursements.
The Executive Director (Projects) asked the leadership of the National Assembly to ignore the said report, restating the IMC’s commitment to the strengthening of the NDDC to enable it discharge its core responsibilities to the Niger Delta Region.