The Senate has issued last warning to the management of the dissolved Interim Management Committee of NDDC, to appear before it over the disbursement of N6.25 billion Covid-19 Palliative in the region.
The Senate through its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition warned the immediate past Managing Director of the dissolved Interim Management Committee (IMC), Prof. Daniel Pondei and his board members to honour its invitation or be ready to face the consequence.
The Senate action followed a petition by former Chairman, NDDC Covid-19 Palliative Committee, Chief Sobomabo Jackrich; alleging misappropriation and diversion of the palliative funds.
The petitioner is also asking among other things, that the IMC should return all monies it has received from the Federal Government; including remittances from the International Oil Companies, IOCs, back into government coffer.
Jackrich in his shocking petition revealed that as the Chairman of the Presidential Committee, he was completely sidelined as the IMC hijacked the process to perpetrate the fraud after he insisted on transparency and following of due process.
” As Chairman of the Covid-19 Palliative Distribution Committee of the NDDC, I testify that N6.25 billion approved by Mr. President for palliatives for the Niger-Delta through the NDDC cannot be accounted for and is allegedly embezzled by Professor Daniel Pondei- led IMC”.
He said to cover up their track, the IMC stage managed the distribution of a few expired food items and old medical equipment from NDDC warehouse to deceive the unsuspecting members of the public and mislead the President.
It is the fourth of such summons by the Senate panel inviting the top executives of the NDDC to appear before it without success as NDDC officials failed to appear again on Thursday, 4th February, 2021 after failing to appear in all previous hearings.
Speaking with Journalists, the Chairman of the Senate Committee, Ayo Akinyelure accused NDDC of scheming to dodge Senate investigation on the matter.
He said as a Senator from one of the nine Niger-Delta States, Ondo he and his colleagues have no knowledge of how the said N6.25 billion Covid-19 Palliative funds were disbursed in the region.
The Senate Panel shifted further hearing on the matter to the 22nd of February; issuing its last warning to Pondei and his associates to appear before it or face the full wrath of the law.