The Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has disclosed that a certain security agency is “coercing International Oil Companies into paying the 3% revenue of the Commission into a private account in London and the security agency’s account in London.” The Acting Managing Director, Kemebradikumo Pondei disclosed this yesterday afternoon, Friday 9th October 2020.
The attempt to divert the monies to accounts other than the Commission’s CBN offshore account, could well be a plot by those behind the resistance against the independent audit of the Commission, to cause rancour and generate distrust towards the Interim Management Committee of the Commission. It could also be a desperate attempt by some “highly placed” persons to loot from the coffers of the Commission.
President Muhammadu Buhari had vowed that he will ensure that the Niger Delta begin to show concrete evidence of the huge amount of funds being assigned to its development. And the establishment of the IMC and the directive for audit of the Commission, are part of the steps taken to address the issue of mismanagement of funds for the Niger Delta development.
The public notice by the NDDC is as follows:
It has come to the attention of the Management of the NigerDeltaDevelopmentCommission, #NDDC, that a certain security agency is coercing international oil companies into paying 3 percent revenue of the Commission into a private account in London and the security agency’s account in London.
Kindly note that it is only the account of the NDDC in the Central Bank of Nigeria’s offshore account that such monies can be paid into.
Any company that has paid as directed by the security agency should immediately contact Barrister Clever Okoro, the Director, Legal Services of the NDDC on +234 8130117590
Professor Kemebradikumo D. Pondei
Acting Managing Director/CEO, NDDC
The Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godswill Akpabio, has had a running battle on many fronts as he commits to the directive of the president. He has also come to a lugger heads with the top members of the National Assembly, including leaders in the committee relevant to the Niger Delta Affairs, whom he has accused of involving in corruption practices within the NDDC.