Presidency has debunked news that the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has been dissolved.
The special adviser to the President, (Media and Publicity), Femi Adesina in a statement on Twitter on Friday morning said, “A statement purportedly signed by me has been making the rounds that the Federal Government has dissolved the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC.
“Merchants of fake news in action. The communication did not emanate from the media office of the President. Please ignore.”
A statement that surfaced online noted that the federal government had announced the dissolution of the IMC of the NDDC in deference to the recommendation of the Senate.
According to the report, that was jointly circulated by the Presidential Spokespersons, Garba Shehu and Femi Adesina obtained by our correspondent on Thursday disclosed that the commission has been returned to the Presidency for proper supervision.
According to the statement, officers affected by the development are to handover to the most senior civil servants under them and a Sole Administrator has been appointed to manage the Commission for the next six months pending the reconstitution of the management.
“The President has hereby dissolved the NDDC IMC. The affected officers are to hand over to the most senior civil servant under them. Barr Onwubualiri Nkemdilim is hereby appointed as Sole Administrator for an initial period of 6 months.”
Following the adoption of recommendations of the Senate Ad-hoc Committee investigating alleged misappropriation of N40 billion by the current IMC, the senate had recommended the sack of the NDDC IMC, and asked the outgoing IMC to refund the N4.923 billion alleged illegal payments made to staff of the commission and contractors in breach of the procurement process.
The upper chamber also directed that the refund be made to the account of NDDC with immediate effect.
The recommendation of the committee was presented on the floor of the senate by its Chairman, Senator Adetunbi.
A breakdown of the monies which the senate wants refunded includes Overseas Travel to the United Kingdom N85.7million, Scholarship grants N105.5 million, Union Members’ trip to Italy N164.2 million.
The other refunds which the senate wants made to the NDDC’s Account by the IMC are: payment made for Lassa Fever Kit N1.96 billion, payment for Public Communication valued at N1.12 billion, and COVID-19 fund expenditure N1.49 billion.