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NDDC dismisses 56,250,000 euros contract allegation as malicious, false

By Julius Osahon, Yenagoa
30 June 2023   |   3:57 am
Manahement of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has dissociated itself from a fake contract award letter circulating online and purportedly from the desk of the managing director of the commission.

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Management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has dissociated itself from a fake contract award letter circulating online and purportedly from the desk of the managing director of the commission.

The commission stated that the fake letter, notifying an Italian company of an award of contract for the sum of 56,250,000 euros did not emanate from it.

According to the statement from the Director, Corporate Affairs of the commission, Dr. Ibitoye Abosede, the commission is not in the know of such contract and the public should disregard it.

Describing the document as fake and the contract as scam, the statement read: “It does not exist either in the records of the commission or is any of our officials aware of it.”

It stated that contract awards in NDDC follow due process as stipulated by the Procurement Act, adding that at the end of that process, the successful bidder is issued an award letter, signed by the Director of Procurement. It also stated that award letter is a security paper, which has a serial number and a QR code.

The commission explained further that contract award letters do not emanate from the desk of the Managing Director, saying the fake document was probably generated on an ink jet printer.

“In any case, the signature on the fake document is not that of our managing director. Also, Nigeria had no Minister of Niger Delta Affairs by June 1, 2023 as the Federal Executive Council was dissolved before the handover of power on May 29, 2023,” the statement added.

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