Senate investigation stalled as NDDC boss fails to present documents

Nigerian senate chambers where senators attend plenary
Nigerian senate chambers

Five days after she was asked to appear before the Senate Committee on Public Accounts with necessary documents, the Acting Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission, Enyia Akwagaga, has failed to do so.

Ms Akwagaga was summoned by the committee for investigative hearing on the award of contracts on the desilting and clearing of water hyacinth in the Niger Delta region awarded by the NDDC under their emergency programme.

The chairman of the committee, Mathew Urghohide, had said N2.5 billion was budgeted for the silting and clearing of water hyacinth but the commission spent over N65 billion.

Ms Akwagaga who was supposed to appear before the committee last Thursday, had sent a representative who told the panel she was ill.

She had asked for more time to present as well as defend the said documents – which was granted.

However, appearing before the committee, she only had documents for the budget of clearing of water hyacinth which the committee chairman described as “insufficient”.

He queried the commission for not presenting the required documents.

He then instructed NDDC to reappear before the committee on October 30 with all the said documents.

Unimpressed president

PREMIUM TIMES reported how President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a forensic audit of the operations of the NDDC from 2001 to 2019.

Mr Buhari said what is presently on the ground in the South-south region does not justify the huge resources that have been made available to the organisation.

Although the president admitted that developing the Niger Delta area required enormous resources compared to other parts of the country with firmer lands, he, however, said he would wait for the report of the audit before deciding on the next line of action regarding the organisation.

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