NDDC N40 billion alleged rip-off: Akpabio, Ex-MD business tackles

Because the account of the Niger Delta Building Fee (NDDC), an company underneath the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs got here underneath scrutiny on the Senate Advert-hoc Committee on monetary recklessness within the Niger Delta Building Fee final week, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio and the previous appearing Managing Director of NDDC, Dr Pleasure Nunieh have engaged in digging each and every different’s ‘grimy offers.’

In an interview after the realization of a two-day public listening to on Friday in Abuja, the ex-Managing Director accused Godswill Akpabio of in need of to get her all in favour of fraud which she declined.

She stated, a subject which used to be raised towards her by means of the present control of NDDC that she awarded contract with out wearing them alongside used to be unfaithful, noting that there used to be no motion of hers whilst in place of work with out the Minister figuring out.

Dr. Nunieh defined how Godswill Akpabio advised her that she has poverty mentality, as a result of she declined converting foreign currency echange within the NDDC account into native currencies, however that she responded she used to be scared to take action with out due procedure.

“One of the most problems raised towards me used to be that I awarded contracts with out them figuring out about it. Am certain that’s what they advised you other folks the previous day.

“It sounds as if, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh by no means take a seat within the place of work, so he by no means know the workings and the forms of bills within the place of work.

“I’m only a viewer of a platform that made bills in NDDC. There are other steps to take earlier than bills are made in NDDC.

“One, there’s the problem of Lassa fever which clearly they didn’t elevate that one alongside. No one makes bills in NDDC with out Godswill Akpabio’s consent.

“After we first got here to NDDC at the day of inauguration, we had been going to the camp, he advised me Madam MD, in case you don’t do what I stated, the similar pen I utilized in signing your letter, that’s the identical pen I can use in putting off you.

“He stated the very first thing I must do, when I am getting to Port Harcourt, is to modify greenbacks in NDDC account into Naira. I advised him, I’m scared to do this. He claimed that I’ve poverty mentality that I used to be afraid of cash. All of you knew that he accused me that I’m afraid to spend cash.

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She additional narrated that there have been officials which Akpabio felt must be got rid of, pronouncing that she declined as a result of, she considered that, as an infraction at the NDDC act.

Nunieh stated: After two days, he got here to Port Harcourt and stated I must take away Mr. Katulgo from prison division and ship him on obligatory retirement, and he stated we can’t have a northerner as head of the prison unit.”

The previous NDDC boss insisted that she lacked the powers to take away any control body of workers, she used to be nonetheless in appearing capability, a state of affairs she stated infuriated Akpabio.

“So, he got here and question me to draft a letter on my letterhead implicating Senator Peter Nwaoboshi for accumulating contracts in NDDC. I advised him that I can now not do this I’m a legal professional and who alleges must end up. He stated Senator Nwaoboshi is giving us bother and beside, he didn’t acknowledge the IMC. I stated I can now not do this letter. He stated I used to be ungrateful and I refuse to do this letter.

In line with her, Dr, Cairo Ojougboh who’s the Director (Tasks) agreed to do the letter implicating the lawmakers.

She narrates: “Dr. Cairo now stated he’ll do the letter. He stated if Akpabio requested him to kill, he’ll kill earlier than he asks why did he kill and I stated, for me, I can now not do this.

“At that position, there used to be one Mr. Etiebet who used to be most effective the NDDC body of workers that used to be provide at that assembly. He now requested Dr. Cairo to head and ship for letter headed from the place of work.

“They were given the letter headed. Dr Cairo now did a letter which I wish to gentle on the Advert-hoc Committee earlier than I got here past due, alleging that Senator Nwaoboshi had contracts and I stated if I signed any record and is noticed by means of Mr. President, he’ll imagine and I refused to signal.

Explaining how the Director of Finance within the NDDC, Mr. Linus refused to signal fee of the ones contracts, she insisted due procedure used to be now not adopted.

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In her narratives, Akpabio didn’t spare the Area Committee on NDDC, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, of marketing campaign of calumny, pronouncing that the lawmaker wentto Ondo tto plan towards him.

“He additionally stated, I must implicate the Chairman, Area Committee on NDDC since the Chairman of Area Committee has long past to Ondo State to carry a gathering to devise towards him. I stated I don’t know that one, I’ve by no means noticed him.

“However for Senator Nwaoboshi, he used to be my classmate on the Legislation college and we had been referred to as to bar the similar day, on the other hand, I didn’t see him since we had been referred to as to bar, I didn’t in point of fact keep in mind him and that used to be thirty years in the past.

She stated the feud were given to the height when she refused to pay for water hyacinths.

“After we completed that, Akpabio stated I must deliver all issues and get started pay, I stated, I can’t pay for water hyacinths since the funds used to be for approximately three to five billion. I can’t keep in mind precisely the determine now.

“The NDDC earlier than I got here has overstretched for approximately N50 billion for hyacinths and so the Nationwide Meeting has written us that we must now not pay for the rest like that.

Dr. Nunieh stated, once they noticed her insistence on due procedure, he requested her to take an oath of allegiance which she declined.

She stated Akpabio tried to manage the oath on her for 3 times which she refused, including that they had been within the place of work of Particular Adviser to the President on home Affairs to settle the subject to no avail.

However reacting to allegations by means of the ex-Managing Director of the NDDC, Godswill Akpabio who spoke via his aide, Barrister Livingstone Appah on Sunday denied the allegations.

Akpabio alleged that Dr. Nunieh cast her certificate, noting that once he demanded for her credentials, she introduced cast a cast one.

In line with him, the ex-managing director used to be investigated and came upon that she by no means served the obligatory Nationwide Formative years Provider Corps (NYSC) which she claimed.

“She didn’t serve. I inform you Pleasure Nunieh didn’t serve NYSC, and we now have proof to end up,” he insisted.

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