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NDDC Boss, Pondei Opens Up

Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) boss, Daniel Pondei has finally opened up on corruption allegations against him.

In a statement, his Spokesman, Edgar Ebigoni, said;

“It is therefore surprising and disappointing the Senate Committee can be attributed with unproven allegations as their final report.”

“The committee chose to believe the naysayers who claimed that the NDDC headquarters was not nearing completion.”

“Whatever made the Senate Ad-Hoc sit in Abuja to accept a negative report rather than accept the challenge of the IMC to visit the headquarters themselves, for an unbiased assessment, is yet unknown. The admittance of the committee that the Forensic Audit is ongoing is a welcome development.”

“Those mentioned in the emergency contract sleaze were trying to get back at the IMC for daring to name and shame those who have held the commission and the region hostage for years.”

“The siege is finally broken. Neither Pondei nor any member of the IMC has sought or received any bribe for performing their duties. The Forensic Audit will actually unravel the issue of over invoicing and contract inflation, among other things. It will follow the money trail and expose those who shared such monies with the contractors.”

“The IMC has been undertaking a painstaking evaluation of projects before approving any historical debt payment, no matter the level of documentary progress already recorded. Previous project valuations have been slashed and actual value of work done determined.”

“Most emergency contractors are therefore no longer getting the humongous figures they had been promised by their co-conspirators within the Commission. The reduced payment is a saving for the Commission and the Niger Delta, not a payment for the persons in the IMC or the Commission.”

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