Extra: NDDC pays self N3. 1 billion as coronavirus palliative

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has paid its staff the sum of N3.1 billion as a coronavirus palliative.

Mr. Kemebradikumo Pondei, the NDDC Managing Director, made this known at an investigative hearing on the N40 billion corruption allegations against the commission.

The Senate had on May 5 set up a seven-man ad-hoc committee to investigate the financial recklessness of the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC.

Pondei and senior management staff of the NDDC appeared before the senate committee where they made such a revelation.

The lawmakers had raised concerns over the spending at the NDDC, noting that the commission spent N40 billion last three months without due process.

Although the lawmakers had frowned at how the commission spends money recklessly, Pondei while defending the NDDC action said, workers in the commission have to be taken good care of too.

Mr. Olubunmi Adetunmbi, the committee Chairman, in audit report read at the hearing, disclosed that NDDC spent N3.1billion as a coronavirus palliative between October 2019 and May 2020.

In the report, the lawmaker said, “N10 million was paid to one person, N7 million to two people, N5 million to three people, 148 people took N3m each, 157 people got N1.5 million, each, 497 people got N1 million each and 464 people were paid N600,000 each.”

Another N475 million was given to the police to purchase face masks and hand sanitizers, he added.

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