Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has denied paying N20 billion to ghost contractors.
Ijaw Youth Group through its spokesperson, Ebilade Ekerefe, had alleged that the NDDC paid the sum to ghost contractors.
In a statement issued, yesterday, the NDDC Director, Corporate Affairs, Dr. Ibitoye Abosede, described the claim by the group as not only laughable but most unfortunate.
He said the NDDC did not pay any N20 billion naira to any ghost contractor or anyone for that matter as alleged by the group.
Abosede said: “The spurious lies are being masterminded, fabricated and orchestrated by persons who are positioning their relatives and associates for ultimate appointment into the board of the NDDC.
“These individuals, who are hell-bent on using all manner of gimmicks to arm-twist the President into appointing their relatives, cronies or associates into the Commission’s board, feel that the only way they can achieve their selfish desire is by using false allegations and blackmail against the hardworking Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and the Interim Administrator to get the president’s attention.
The Commission for the umpteenth time, states, without mincing words, that it never paid N20 billion naira to any ghost contractor and therefore, challenges the authors and fabricators of these malicious allegations to come out with proof or name the companies of these “ghost contractors.”
Abosede maintained that NDDC under the interim administration and the supervision of the Minister, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, would continue to be focused and prudent in the management of its resources for the benefit of the people of the region and remain committed to the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari.