BAYELSA GOVERNOR ACCUSES NDDC OF DIVERTING PROJECT MONEY TO FUND ELECTIONS

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on Friday told the acting Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Professor Nelson Braimbraifa, that the commission was diverting money meant for projects to fund elections of ruling political parties in the country. A statement by Dickson’s Special Adviser on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei explained that the Governor spoke while receiving Braimbraifa, and a high-powered team from the commission at the Government House, Yenagoa. The governor said that such practice had hampered the commission’s capacity to actualize its mandate of bringing development…

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NDDC MD SAYS HIS HANDS ARE CLEAN AS EFCC INVESTIGATES HIM, OTHERS

The acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Prof Nelson Brambaifa, has absolved himself of any financial impropriety amid probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).He said internal and external audit of the commission’s activities should not raise eyebrows, as the most vital ingredient for effective service delivery remains accountability and transparency. The media aide to the NDDC boss, Nancy-Stephens Ijaopo, expressed concern over documents being circulated mainly in the media that border on EFCC’s investigations over dishonesty on the part of NDDC Management in the conduct of the Commission’s business.…

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TINUBU, AMAECHI, OSHIOMHOLE ON COLLISION OVER APPOINTMENT OF NEW NDDC MD

THE impending appointment of a substantive Managing Director for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) appears to have set on a collision course three bigwigs in the All Progressives Congress (APC) jostling to have their nominee clinch the job. A Presidency source told Sunday Tribune the power play over the position centres mainly around APC national leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, the party’s national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and the immediate past Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi. While Tinubu is said to be making “a strong case” that the NDDC slot, for the…

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NDDC BOSS, BRAIMBRAIFA, FINANCE DIRECTOR IN EFCC NET

The acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Nelson Braimbraifa, has been quizzed by Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Mr Braimbraifa, alongside the NDDC executive director of finance, Chris Amadi, was said to have been a guest of the EFCC’s investigators in Abuja for about two days now. PREMIUM TIMES could not immediately get details of why the top officials of the NDDC are being interrogated, but a source told this newspaper the matter has to do with…

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RIVERS GOVT SEALS UP NDDC HEADQUARTERS OVER 50BIL TAX ARREARS

We don’t owe N50bn –Commission Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt THE Rivers State Internal Revenue Service has sealed off the corporate headquarters of the Niger Delta Development Commission in Port Harcourt over unpaid withholding tax allegedly running into N50bn. This is as the NDDC insisted that its records had indicated that they were not indebted to the state government to the tune of N50bn in unpaid taxes, adding that the sealing of its office on Tuesday did not follow due process. Speaking with our correspondent on Wednesday, the Chairman of RIRS, Adoage…

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FORMER NDDC BOSS DRAGGED TO COURT OVER 3.6 BIL FRAUD

 John Owen Nwachukwu  The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday, in a Federal High Court, opened its case in the trial of a former Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Tuoyo Omatsuli, over alleged N3.6 billion fraud. The anti-graft agency on Nov. 8, 2018, arraigned Omatsuli alongside Don Parker Properties Ltd., Francis Momoh, and Building Associates Ltd. before Justice Saliu Saidu on a 45-count charge bordering on the alleged offence. They each pleaded not guilty to the charge and were granted bail. On Wednesday, EFCC Counsel, Mr Ekene…

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NDDC CANCELS 600 CONTRACTS WORTH 200BIL NAIRA

NDDC Cancels 600 Contracts Worth N200bn THISDAYLIVE / Online Editor / 40 minutes ago Vows to prosecute defaulting contractors, banks Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has said it has cancelled over 600 contracts worth more than N200 billion, in its efforts to streamline the procurement processes in the commission. The commission also said it would prosecute contractors who abandoned its projects after collecting advance payments, as well as commercial banks that issued advance payment guarantee for the defaulting contractors. Addressing journalists at the commission’s…

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