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Reps promise NDDC contractors payment of arrears

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Ossai Nicholas Ossai

The House of Representatives has promised to facilitate the payment of debts owed contractors that executed projects for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) from 2000 till date.

Chairman of the ad hoc committee probing abandoned jobs belonging to the interventionist agency, Ossai Nicholas Ossai, dropped the hint yesterday during an interactive session with scores of aggrieved contractors in Abuja.

Ossai (Delta: PDP) said the outstanding funds would be captured in the 2020 budget on the recommendation of his committee.

Ordering the contractors never go into any contextual obligations with NDDC pending the settlement of their debts, the panel said it was already liaising with the Minister of Finance, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) authorities and other concerned financial institutions to ascertain the exact amount owed the contractors.

Ossai added that the committee was equally meeting tomorrow with the Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Mrs. Akwagaga Lelegima Enyia, over the development.

The team had accused the agency’s chief executive of concealing important information that could aid it to unravel the circumstances leading to the litany of forsaken projects in the oil-rich Niger Delta region.

The chairman had declared: “The committee views the action of the acting managing director as a breach of the privileges of the members of this committee and that of the House of Representatives as a whole.

“We also believe that unless the NDDC proves otherwise, it means it has so much to hide from the Nigerian people. We therefore extend the summons on the organisation to Monday (yesterday), September 23, 2019.

“The resolution of the House is primarily for purposes of accountability on government programmes and actions, and (by extension), to expose corruption, inefficiency and waste in the execution of appropriations.”


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