NDDC Tells Nwaoboshi To Return the N2bn Allocated for the supply of plastic desks and chairs

The chairman of the Senate Committee on NDDC, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, has been asked by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to refund a sum of N2.5 billion allocated for a project work.

It was recorded that the commission, gave to the senator such amount for the supply of plastic desks and chairs for primary and secondary schools in the region.

It was futher said that NDDC director of legal services, Peter Claver Okoro addressed a letter addressed to Nwaoboshi,  saying that the contract was fully paid for but the commission did not receive the items.

The letter reads, "I have been directed to write to you and to state as follows;

"That sometime in 2017, the Commission awarded contracts to certain companies for the production of desks and chairs for primary and secondary schools in the Niger Delta region under the 2016 budget of the Commission. The list of the companies is attached as Annexure ‘A’.

"The total value of the said contracts was ₦2.552.305,600.OO (Two Billion. Five Hundred and Fifty-Two Million. Three Hundred and Five Thousand And Six Hundred Naira)

"That the contracts were in furtherance of the Commission’s education sector mandate as a catalyst for the improvement of classroom and learning conditions in the Niger Delta region.

"That instead of supplying the chairs and desks to the Commission’s warehouse in Port Harcourt or to any of the NDDC offices in the nine Niger Delta States, the items were supplied to a warehouse described as Akuede Akwis’ located at Benin Expressway, Okpanam, before Wichetech Aluminum Company.

"That the 2019 budget of the Commission also contains the following heads: Provisions and supply of Plastic Chairs and Desks for Primary and Secondary Schools in Delta North Senatorial District (Lots 1-15) for (Serial No. 21).

"NDDC, Provisions, and supply of Plastic Chairs and Desks for Primary and Secondary Schools in Delta North Senatorial District (Lots 1-20) for (Serial No. 33). Production and distribution of Desks and Benches in selected schools in the Niger Delta Region for (Serial No. 396).

"That despite having fully paid for the 2017 contracts for the production of chairs and desks, the items have not been supplied to the Commission. The resultant effect is that the Commission and the Niger Delta region have been deprived of the use of the desks and chairs.

"That I have been further directed to demand that you refund the sum of ₦2,552,305,600.OO (Two Billion, Five Hundred and FiffyTwo Million, Three Hundred, and Five Thousand And Six Hundred Naira). to the Commission being the contract sums paid in respect of the said contracts within 14 days of this letter.

Recall that, Nwaoboshi was named by Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta affairs, as one of the lawmakers who benefited from contracts awarded by the NDDC.

Akpabio listed Nwaoboshi against 53 projects.

Some of the projects include emergency repairs of Asue Street, Owa Phase 2; ldumuogbe Road via Ojemaye; Otolokpo College Road, Otolokpo; and the Police lshu Ani Ukwu Road, Issele Uku.

But reacting to the list released by the minister, Nwaoboshi, said the allegation has no bearing with the truth.

He had challenged Akpabio to send the “so-called list to anti-graft and other security agencies if he can substantiate the apparently baseless allegation.”

Nwaoboshi had also accused Akpabio of securing a N300 million fencing contract from the NDDC while he was a senator in the previous assembly.

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