In a statement signed by its National Chairman, Johnson Epia, the Niger Delta coalition said Nigerians are baffled that despite the confessions of the IMC at the public hearing to mismanaging the NDDC finances, the Senate indictment of the IMC and other Senate resolutions on the NDDC investigation, the president has done nothing.
“Indeed, it appears that the Buhari administration is looking for any excuse to absolve its own tainted officials of corruption, including sweeping the Senate report and resolutions under the carpet. Else, why has the Buhari administration not acted on the embarrassing corruption at the NDDC?,” Epia said.
The Senate recently adopted a 122-page recommendation of its ad-hoc committee that investigated alleged corruption in the NDDC. The committee’s investigation said members of IMC were paid billions of naira in special bonuses, as COVID-19 allowances, in addition to collecting hundreds of millions of naira for project inspection and maintenance allowances.
The Senate demanded that the members refund N4.923 billion, the dissolution of the IMC, and the Inauguration of the governing board to run the NDDC in compliance with the NDDC Act, among others.