EXCLUSIVELY: Unraveling The Extreme Corruption Cloud Permeating the Niger Delta Development Commission, As Revealed By A Concerned Staff

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A staff of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has come out to reveal the shocking level of corruption, flooding the commission under the current interim management led by Prof D.K. Pondei. These revelations were made known by the staff, who felt the need alert the general public on series of mendacious and unethical dealing going on in the commission.

In the very voluminous print coupled with receipts revealing details on how and when the fraudulent deeds were carried out and handed over to the investigative department of NAIJALIVETV, shocking truths and revelations by the NDDC staff who wants to remain anonymous were exposed for the consumption of the general public.

The letter, Dated 17th of May 2020 reads:

Dear Nigerians,

THE IMC DANGEROUS MOVES IN NDDC

“We want to alert Nigerians on the continued desecration of the administrative guidelines for government-owned institutions as provided for in the civil service appointment, promotion and discipline rules by the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).”

“While the compulsory leave and retirement handed some staff some weeks back caused a lot of furor across Nigeria, as the reasons were unconventional, the IMC appears not content, even dismissive of the questions raised by concerned Niger Deltans and Nigerians, as it goes ahead to distort the administrative guidelines at the Commission by promoting staff without interview or tests as provided for in the civil service rules.”

“It is important to know that as an agency of the federal government the NDDC is duty bound to abide by the general civil service rules where appointments, promotions and discipline follow laid-down procedures and are not subject to the whims of the management. Since NDDC was established 20 years ago, no management has tried to distort this position until the current interim management led by Prof D.K. Pondei.”

“Prof Daniel Pondei, the acting managing director and head of the IMC was reported by The Nation newspaper on Saturday, the 16th of May, 2020, to have told the Presidential Monitoring Committee led by Akpabio that some of those who were asked to proceed on indefinite leave pending the outcome of the so-called forensic audit were indicted persons. In his words, as reported by the newspaper, ‘Following the advice of the Lead Consultant on the Forensic Audit exercise, the Commission placed certain members of staff on mandatory leave with full benefits, pending the conclusion and outcome of the on-going forensic audit. Some of the affected staff were those already indicted by anti-corruption agencies like the EFCC for acts of financial impropriety and corruption and whose continuous presence at their duty posts could interfere, impair, undermine or compromise the objective of the forensic audit exercise.” 

“It is interesting that the IMC has tried to spin the story of the sack of the senior staff from those who held top offices and could compromise the audit to those who have been indicted by the EFCC. The questions to askhere are: At what point were these staffers indicted by the EFCC? When did the EFCC investigate the said staff or the NDDC during which they were indicted? How did the so-called forensic audit firm get to be the one advising the IMC that staff of the agency have been indicted? The minister and his IMC are pathological liars who bend the truth at every opportunity to perfect their selfish agenda at the NDDC.”

“Some senior staff who were asked to go have just a few years left in service. Public Service Rule (PSR) No 020810 provides for the retirement of a civil servant who has attained the age of 60 years or 35 years in service but the IMC directed civil servants who have two more years or less to stay in service to proceed on compulsory retirement. The IMC first gave the impression that it only asked the affected staff to go on paid-leave for the duration of the so-called forensic-audit. And then a fresh reason surfaced: some of those asked to go have been indicted by the EFCC! Does Pondei know the meaning of Indictment? How can someone indicted for so long, a civil servant, still be in office? Even if that were so, under Rule 030301 of Section 3 of PSR which deals with misconduct, an officer must be informed in writing of the specific act of wrong doing or the improper behaviorinimical to the image of the organization charged against him which must be investigated and proved before any disciplinary action can be taken against him.  In this case, we do not even know those indicted let alone whether there have been queries issued to anyone preparatory to action taken.”

“We have noticed the lies that have spewed from the IMC and we have observed the role played by the minister of Niger Delta, His Excellency Senator Godswill Akpabio, in all these manipulations going on at the NDDC because he wants to bring in people personally loyal to him. He has said this himself at meetings with staff where he was castigating the staff as disloyal to him and accusing us of revealing the goings on at the Commission but we never thought it will get to the position where he would discard the rules of engagement. This is what he has done with the treatment of staff at the Commission.”

“Interestingly, the latest is the arbitrary promotion of staff at the NDDC, with letters distributed to staff between April and early May 2020, without formal tests or interviews as have been the normal practice. While the Civil Service Rules/Guidelines which guide Ministries Departments and Agencies in the public sector provides that staff on Grade Levels 8 – 14 must spend three years on a position before promotion and those on Levels 15 – 17 four years, this rule has been aborted by Akpabio and the interim management who even gave their favoritestaff who have not spent the prescribed number of years double promotion, all without interview or tests. What the minister has established at the NDDC using his rubberstamp IMC are two classes of staff – those who are favored by Akpabio because they have been recruited for his personal agenda and the rest of us who dutifully follow our jobs without eye service.”

“The incestuous Governance structure put in place by Akpabio makes nonsense of any kind of checks and administrative oversight. This is because in addition to the fact that he nominated the IMC members, he is the Chairman of the Presidential Monitoring Committee, he is also the Supervising Minister and a member of the Advisory Committee. So, in all, when the Presidential Monitoring Committee gives the IMC a clean bill like they did during the advertised visit to the Commission reported by The Nation, it is like Akpabio giving himself a pass mark after directing all the actions of the Commission. This is why we welcome wholeheartedly the National Assembly committees that have been asked to investigate the sharp practices in the NDDC as part of their oversight functions.”

“What we have experienced is that the NDDC today is run by a four man clique of Akpabio; the acting MD Prof Pondei; Dr. Cairo Ojugboh, who is the acting executive director projects; and Chief Bassey Eteng who is the acting executive director finance and administration; the rest of the IMC members and members of the Committees are like passengers made to give validation to the actions of the minister and the IMC. Yet, some of them are now speaking up, because in the end their reputation will go down with the others. After Dr.Nunieh granted the interview where she spoke on how Akpabio was breathing down her neck to abuse due process in the payment of contractors and other administrative matters, one member of the IMC, who was just appointed into the expanded Committee in February, was reported by The Sun Newspaper as saying that she has had nothing to do with the IMC for about two months yet money was being withdrawn in her name.”

“The above is further corroborated by The Sun Newspaper of Saturday, the 16th of May, 2020, ‘Nagbo, in a telephone interview, said she had been away in the last two months in Abuja in the COVID-19 lockdown, noting that her functions have been carried out by the Special Adviser (SA) on Youths without her knowledge.’The newspaper continued that, ‘But, I just saw that when decision for financial transaction, or financial decision of the commission is being taken, I am not called for such meeting. ‘I have not done any women’s program in the commission. I have not done any youths’ program in the commission. Nobody can show anywhere in the press, where I have been seen doing women or youths’ program.” This is the state of the NDDC under Akpabio today, where even some members of the IMC are complaining of being sidelined and being threatened by hired killers.”

“Notably too, many staff are being threatened by some of Akpabio’s people who are angry that the fraudulent deals by the minister and the IMC have been exposed, including threats to life. This is highly unbecoming because it is something we have never seen until Akpabio was appointed Minister of Niger Delta to supervise the NDDC.”

“The Civil Service Rules are very clear on the discipline of staff, yet Akpabio and the interim management have ignored them the way the minister ignored the NDDC Act that provides for a Governing Board, not an Interim Management Committee. While we cannot reveal ourselves because we are civil servants we are expectantly waiting for the investigation by the Senate and House of Representatives Committees to put a stop to these unwholesome practices by Akpabio and his interim management committee.”

Below are details of some of the transactions carried under the commission’s purview, in order to assist in further investigations:• Date: 15/11/19

Company: ATTANU CONST LTD

Job Description: EMMERGENCY REPAIRS OF FAILED AND UNMOTORABLE SECTION OKOROMA AND OROMA CRESCENT, ADONI

Amount: N607, 445,026.45

Bank: UBN• Date: 15/11/19

Company: FRANZE NIG LTD

Job Description: INSTRUCTION TO URGENTLY REPAIR FAILED AND UNMOTORABLE SECTIONS OF RUMUKWACHI STREET TO WATERSIDE OFF RUMUKPARAJI ROAD

Amount: N623, 051,818.45

Bank: UBN• Date: 15/11/19

Company: NILL OIL SERVICES LTD

Job Description: EMMERGENCY REPAIRS OF FAILED AND UNMOTORABLE SECTION OF ALESA, ELEME LGA

Amount: N607, 114,818.69

Bank: ZENITH • Date: 15/11/19

Company: SIMOKA MARINE LTD

Job Description: REMOVAL WORKS OF FAILED SECTION OF OLILE AND ITTE STREET AND ENVIRONS EZIONUM UKWUANI LGA

Amount: N471, 044.75

Bank: FBN• Date: 11/12/2019

Company: RODNAB CONSTRUCTION LTD

Job Description: COMPLETION OF NDDC HQRTS

Amount: N2, 107,544,553.45

Bank: ZENITH• Date: 11/12/2019

Company: CRUSHSTONE CONST LTD

Job Description: CONST OF AGHALOKPE ROAD LOT 1 OKPE LGA

Amount: N210, 645,160.12

Bank: FCMB• Date: 8/1/2020

Company: ATAFRANC NIG LTD

Job Description: CONST OF KAAATABA ROAD AND BRIDGE KHANA ANDONI LGA

Amount: N344, 565,837.10

Bank: FBN

Account Number: 2014364620 • Date: 22/2/2020

Company: PEAR MEDICAL SUPPORT SEVICES

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 175000 MATERNAL DELIVERY KITS

Amount: N357, 437,500.00• Date: 22/2/2020

Company: SIGNORA CONCEPTS LTD

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 175000 MATERNAL DELIVERY KITS

Amount: 357,437,500.00• Date: 22/2/2020

Company: PEAR MEDICAL SUPPORT SEVICES

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 175000 MATERNAL DELIVERY KITS

Amount: N357, 437,500.00• Date: 22/2/2020

Company: CREMES LTD

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 21000 LASER FEVER PROTECTIVE KIT IN THE NIGER DELTA REGION – TSA/PRO/20/01/0006

Amount: N857, 850,000.00• Date: 22/2/2020

Company: A & G INTEGRATED NIG LTD

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 100 LASER FEVER PROTECTIVE KIT IN THE ND REGION –TSA/PRO/20/01/0004

Amount: 47,166,787.50• Date: 22/2/2020

Company: BUKAD GLOBAL SERVICES

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 100 LASER FEVER PROTECTIVE KIT IN THE ND REGION –TSA/PRO/20/01/0005

Amount: 47,166,787.50• Date: 22/2/2020

Company: CEEONE PHARMACY LTD

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 100 LASER FEVER PROTECTIVE KIT IN THE ND REGION –TSA/PRO/20/01/0006

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: POLARIS

Account Number 1770953450 (This Bank account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE BANKLTD not CEEONE PHARMACY LTD)• Date: 22/2/2020

Company: CHLOE CAPITAL & BUS SUPORT

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 100 LASER FEVER PROTECTIVE KIT IN THE ND REGION –TSA/PRO/20/01/0007

Amount: N47, 166,787.50• Date: 22/2/2020

Company: CREMES LTD

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 100 LASER FEVER PROTECTIVE KIT IN THE ND REGION –TSA/PRO/20/01/0008

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: FBN

Account Number: 2034782183 • Date: 22/2/2020

Company: DELTAFRIC CONCEPTS

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 100 LASER FEVER PROTECTIVE KIT IN THE ND REGION –TSA/PRO/20/01/0009

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: POLARIS

Account Number 4091179628 • Date: 22/2/2020

Company: DUTU SOLUTIONS LTD

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 100 LASER FEVER PROTECTIVE KIT IN THE ND REGION –TSA/PRO/20/01/0010

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: UNITY

Account Number 0028555045 (This Bank account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE BANK LTD not DUTU SOLUTIONS LTD)• Date: 22/2/2020

Company: DUXTER SERVICES LTD

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 100 LASER FEVER PROTECTIVE KIT IN THE ND REGION –TSA/PRO/20/01/0011

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: GTB

Account Number: 0039040175 (This Bank account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE BANK LTD not DUXTER SERVICES LTD)• Date: 22/2/2020

Company: FALCONWOOD NIG LTD

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 100 LASER FEVER PROTECTIVE KIT IN THE ND REGION –TSA/PRO/20/01/0012

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: UNITY

Account Number: 0028812258 (This Bank account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE BANK LTD not FALCONWOOD NIG LTD)• Date: 22/2/2020

Company: GUACO LIGHT LTD

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 100 LASER FEVER PROTECTIVE KIT IN THE ND REGION –TSA/PRO/20/01/0013

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: UBA

Account Number: 1014623098 (This Bank account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE BANK LTD not GUACO LIGHT LTD)• Date: 22/2/2020

Company: JEOG LOGISTICS NIG LTD

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 100 LASER FEVER PROTECTIVE KIT IN THE ND REGION –TSA/PRO/20/01/0014

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: ACCESS

Account Number: 0045147182 (Kindly note this account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE and not JEOG LOGISTICS NIG LTD)• Date: 22/2/2020

Company: LIOYDS CAPITAL & BUSI SUPPORT LTD

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 100 LASER FEVER PROTECTIVE KIT IN THE ND REGION –TSA/PRO/20/01/0015

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: ACCESS

Account Number: 0801084201• Date: 22/2/2020

Company: MADINAGREEN NIG LTD

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 100 LASER FEVER PROTECTIVE KIT IN THE ND REGION –TSA/PRO/20/01/0016

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: WEMA

Account Number: 0122807400 (This Bank account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE BANKLTD not MADINAGREEN NIG LTD)• Date: 22/2/2020

Company: MANSON GLOBAL HEALTHCARE SERV

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 100 LASER FEVER PROTECTIVE KIT IN THE ND REGION –TSA/PRO/20/01/0017

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: FBN

Account Number: 2033000398 (This Bank account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE BANKLTD not MANSON GLOBAL HEALTHCARE SERV)• Date: 22/2/2020

Company: MASTER BUILDER NIG LTD

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 100 LASER FEVER PROTECTIVE KIT IN THE ND REGION –TSA/PRO/20/01/0018

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: UNITY

Account Number: 0028303813 • Date: 22/2/2020

Company: OTMAS SERVICES LTD

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 100 LASER FEVER PROTECTIVE KIT IN THE ND REGION –TSA/PRO/20/01/0019

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: FCMB

Account Number: 3031833017• Date: 22/2/2020

Company: PATH STONE & LOGISTICS NIG LTD

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 100 LASER FEVER PROTECTIVE KIT IN THE ND REGION –TSA/PRO/20/01/0020

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: ECOBANK

Account Number: 0432008716 (This Bank account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE BANK LTD not PATHSTONE & LOGISTICS NIG LTD)• Date: 22/2/2020

Company: PEARL CLINICS & MATERNITY LTD

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 100 LASER FEVER PROTECTIVE KIT IN THE ND REGION –TSA/PRO/20/01/0021

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: FBN

Account Number: 2034782437 • Date: 22/2/2020

Company: PEARL MEDICAL SUPPORT SERVICES

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 100 LASER FEVER PROTECTIVE KIT IN THE ND REGION –TSA/PRO/20/01/0022

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: FCMB

Account Number 5279674010 (This Bank account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE BANK LTD not PEARL MEDICAL SUPPORT SERVICES)• Date: 22/2/2020

Company: SIGNORA CONCEPT SERVICES LTD

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 100 LASER FEVER PROTECTIVE KIT IN THE ND REGION –TSA/PRO/20/01/0023

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: FBN

Account Number: 2014079850 (This Bank account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE BANKLTD not SIGNORA CONCEPT SERVICES LTD)• Date: 22/2/2020

Company: SQUAREPYRAMID LTD

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 100 LASER FEVER PROTECTIVE KIT IN THE ND REGION –TSA/PRO/20/01/0024

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: ZENITH

Account Number: 1015601833 • Date: 22/2/2020

Company: SWITCH ORIGINEL LTD

Job Description: SUPPLY OF 100 LASER FEVER PROTECTIVE KIT IN THE ND REGION –TSA/PRO/20/01/0024

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: FIDELITY

Account Number: 4010298726 (This Bank account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE BANK:LTD not SWITCH ORIGINEL LTD)

SUMMARY

Verified accounts: The accounts below correspond with their registered company’s account details:• ATAFRANC NIG LTD

Amount: N344, 565,837.10

Bank: FBN

Account Number: 2014364620• CREMES LTD

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: FBN

Account Number: 2034782183• DELTAFRIC CONCEPTS    

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: POLARIS

Account Number: 4091179628• LIOYDS CAPITAL & BUSI SUPPORT LTD    

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: ACCESS

Account Number: 0801084201• MASTER BUILDER NIG LTD        

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: UNITY

Account Number: 0028303813• OTMAS SERVICES LTD

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: FCMB

Account Number: 3031833017• PEARL CLINICS & MATERNITY LTD    

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: FBN

Account Number: 2034782437• SQUAREPYRAMID LTD    

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: ZENITH

Account Number: 1015601833

NOTE: THE COMPANIES BELOW USED MAXITRUST MICOFINANCE BANK WHICH DOES NOT CORRESPOND WITH THEIR REGISTERED COMPANY ACCOUNT DETAILS• CEEONE PHARMACY LTD 

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: POLARIS

Account Number: 1770953450 (This bank account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE BANK LTD not CEEONE PHARMACY LTD)• DUTU SOLUTIONS LTD    

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: UNITY

Account Number: 0028555045 (This bank account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE BANK LTD not DUTU SOLUTIONS LTD)• DUXTER SERVICES LTD    

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: GTB

Account Number: 0039040175 (This bank account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE BANK LTD not DUXTER SERVICES LTD)• FALCONWOOD NIG LTD    

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: UNITY

Account Number: 0028812258 (This bank account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE BANK LTD not FALCONWOOD NIG LTD)• GUACO LIGHT LTD    

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: UBA

Account Number: 1014623098 (This bank account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE BANK LTD not GUACO LIGHT LTD)• JEOG LOGISTICS NIG LTD    

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: ACCESS

Account Number: 0045147182 (Kindly note this account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE BANK LTD not JEOG LOGISTICS NIG LTD)• MADINAGREEN NIG LTD    

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: WEMA

Account Number: 0122807400 (This bank account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE BANK LTD not MADINAGREEN NIG LTD)• MANSON GLOBAL HEALTHCARE SERV

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: FBN

Account Number: 2033000398 (This bank account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE BANK LTD not MANSON GLOBAL HEALTHCARE SERV)• PATH STONE & LOGISTICS NIG LTD

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: ECOBANK

Account Number: 0432008716 (This bank account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE BANK LTD not PATHSTONE & LOGISTICS NIG LTD)• PEARL MEDICAL SUPPORT SERVICES

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: FCMB

Account Number: 5279674010 (This bank account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE BANK LTD not PEARL MEDICAL SUPPORT SERVICES)• SIGNORA CONCEPT SERVICES LTD

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: FBN

Account Number: 2014079850 (This bank account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE BANK LTD not SIGNORA CONCEPT SERVICES LTD)• SWITCH ORIGINEL LTD        

Amount: N47, 166,787.50

Bank: FIDELITY

Account Number: 4010298726 (This bank account belongs to MAXITRUST MICROFINANCE BANK LTD not SWITCH ORIGINEL LTD)

In all, a total of ₦8, 143, 681, 044. 56 (Eight billion, Six hundred and Eighty-one million, Forty-four naira, fifty-six kobo), was paid by the NDDC IMC to the above listed companies within the reflected dates. Kindly note,that I am yet to extract some of the companies whose bank’s names reflected accounts details but I will, subsequently.

I really hope that the supplied information may assist (aid) your investigation.

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