The ongoing findings on the Niger Delta Development Commission coming from the nation’s red chamber has reveals in its report that top management of the agency shared N4.9bn among themselves in exchange for medical expenses.
The Document also reveals that the management paid 114.9m as supplementary medical allowance to 26 staff’s members during same period.
Continuing, the report stated that the disbursements were made when the nation was under challenges of the global pandemic called Covid-19.
It also indicated that the acting Managing Director, Daniel Pondei, and the two executive directors got N14.2m each.
The report noted that no such payment took place during the first Interim Management Committee led by Joi Nunieh.
It Read; “That The three members of the Interim Management Committee received the highest amount of N142m each.
“Two other people, namely Evan Caroline Nagbo and Ms Cecilia Akintomide, took N12,387,500 each, while Peter Uwa Edieya was paid N10,340,000.
The report was however adopted and approved by the senate shortly before it proceeded on its annual recess penultimate week, a copy of which is obtained by journalists in Abuja yesterday, equally indicates monies were paid to individual accounts in march and April this year
The report indicated that “payment to all the 1,401 staff who received the allowance was made on 16 March 2020.”
It added that the distribution of the payment category and number of staff did not suggest a regular hierarchical pattern and an absence of clear policy, which raised suspicion of arbitrariness.
The report also stated that the NDDC management used staff members for the distribution of Lassa Fever kits.
It explained that Personal Protective Kits were given to the 185 LGAs of the Niger Delta states through the NDDC staff.
The staff members, according to the document, were paid various amounts, ranging from N300,000 to N6,845,000, on April 15, 2020 for the distribution of the kits.
The report stated, “The total amount used for the distribution is N55,090,000.
“Twenty-nine employees were engaged in ‘Monitoring of the Emergency Response Programme on Lassa Fever Outbreak at a cost of N5,972,500’.
“NDDC did not provide any returns on the end-user beneficiaries which would have helped in evaluating the accountability and transparency of the programme. There was also no mention of the original target beneficiaries.
“NDDC management did not provide details of allocation of the Lassa fever Protective Kits per each state and LGA and how the distributors were assigned as well as the collated report on the distribution exercise.