The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC has in a press statement by the NDDC Director of Corporate Affairs, Charles Odili distanced the commission from what it called spurious sponsored protest by hirelings purporting to be its scholars in the UK.
In the press declaration Odili stated that the sponsored protest was a vendetta, aimed at scaring and intimidating the commission from carrying out the FG ordered forensic audit to unearth the nasty abuse, corruption, and looting of Niger Delta region’s commonwealth, littered with abandoned and poorly executed projects to the disadvantage of the people.
He added that some insecure persons who were benefiting from these irregularities were the ones fighting to scuttle FG and the Interim Management Committee’s effort in uncovering the reckless abuse and corruption that necessitated the audit exercise in the first place. He posited that no amount of blackmail will stop the IMC from using the forensic audit to get to the bottom of the past fraudulent practices.
And in an effort to absolve the commission of any blame, he explained that the NDDC had paid $0.9m dollars to its scholars in 2018, $3.5m dollars in 2019 and $5.99 m dollars to all its verified scholars in 2020.
He wondered where the demand for additional $3.0m dollars was coming since new scholarships have not been given in the life span of the current IMC.
However notwithstanding, he disclosed that the IMC will go to the UK to verify the controversial claims in the post graduate scholarship schedule emphasizing that the commission will not be distracted by this incident or any person that is bent on discrediting the agency.