The Federal Executive Council (FEC), on Wednesday, August 26, approved the sum of N722.3 million has been for eight field forensic auditors to audit the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
This imminent forensic audit of NDDC was made public by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio after the virtual FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Akpabio noted that the payment of the money would come directly from the Presidency since the National Assembly was still on break and the 2020 budget for the NDDC had not been passed.
1st News also gathered that the field auditors will also probe the 12,000 abandoned projects in the Niger Delta.
Allegations of financial recklessness have rocked the NDDC in recent times; consequently, the National Assembly set up panels to probe the activities of the agency.
Both Akpabio and the Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Professor Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei, were summoned by the lawmakers.
While Pondei fainted when being interrogated by the lawmakers, Akpabio accused the lawmakers of benefitting from most contracts awarded by the commission.
The minister later released a list of lawmakers who allegedly benefitted from the rot in the NDDC.
However, many of the accused lawmakers had since denied receiving contracts from the NDDC as alleged by Akpabio.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Commissioner of Health and Deputy Incident Commander on COVID-19 pandemic, Professor Akin Abayomi, has revealed that the state has witnessed the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and was now on the flattening stage.
Abayomi explained this situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday, August 26, during a Nigeria Info FM programme.
He said, “Concerning the number of positive results seen this period; we have sample collection centers in every local government in Lagos; so the more we test the more cases we find.
“If there is no more positivity then the outbreak is slowing down.
“So our observation is that Lagos has passed the worst of the pandemic; it has past the peak of the pandemic and is now on the flattening stage; and over time will experience a downslope of the virus then the end of COVID-19.”
Speaking on the COVID-19 lockdown, Abayomi said, “We believe the lockdown was not effective; because of the reality of a city where people go out to fend for themselves on a daily basis.
“If not, you replace a health crisis with an economic crisis.”