ICPC investigates four NDDC directors allegedly involved in N5.4bn COVID-19 funds misapproriation

ICPC investigates four NDDC directors allegedly involved in N5.4bn COVID-19 funds misapproriation

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Sunday, August 30, revealed that it investigated top management staff of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over allegations of diverse acts of corruption; including diversion of funds; procurement fraud; and misappropriation of the agency’s COVID-19 funds.

This was contained in a statement published on the ICPC website on Sunday.

It said some directors of NDDC were interrogated at the commission’s headquarters recently “after months of intelligence gathering; following the receipt of petitions from Nigerians on the alleged illegalities; and contract fraud by some officials of the agency.”

The statement reads, “Top officials of the agency are being investigated for their complicity in an alleged diversion of N5.474 billion meant for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health workers handling the Covid-19 pandemic in the nine states of NDDC.

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“The commission is also investigating the payments of millions of naira to some staff of the agency for foreign training; during the Covid-19 full lockdown, which were never attended; as well as the non-payment of entitlements to students on foreign scholarships.”

Other allegations being probed by ICPC include the selling of back-dated contract award letters; for projects and awards of contracts that were not captured in the budget of the NDDC.

The anti-graft agency said it had already retrieved relevant documents with which to continue investigations; towards the recovery of diverted funds and prosecution of breaches of the law.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Saturday, August 29, revealed the reopening of educational institutions in the state; after months of lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic.

This post COVID-19 reopening was contained in a statement issued by the governor at the state house, Ikeja.

He also stated that tertiary institutions in the state will re-open from September 14.

Primary and secondary schools are also tentatively scheduled to re-open from September 21.

“This decision is not cast in stone; and is subject to review of our ongoing modelling; and what procedure comes out from the Ministry of Health,” Sanwo-Olu said.

 

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