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Senate probes N2.5 bn NDDC Water Hyacinth Project

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  Chairman Senate Committee on Public Accounts Sen Matthew Urhoghide made this known when the Director Special Duties of the NDDC Nosakhare Agbongiasede appeared before the committee in Abuja on Thursday Urhoghide said that the investigation became imperative because the initial cost of the contract at N2 5 billion was allegedly jerked to N65 billion on the project Of course that is a very serious offence What we are hearing or what we know is that N2 5billion was budgeted for this activity that is desilting and clearing of water hyacinths We are hearing that the Commission has spent N65 billion so we want to know if it is true We had invited the acting Managing Director and Management of the NDDC to come and testify before this committee of the Senate on Public Accounts on an issue that has become of national importance That is the award of contracts that has to do with the clearing of water hyacinth in the Niger Delta region and of course the desilting contracts that were awarded by the NDDC under its emergency programme We want to be able to ascertain if due processes were followed in the award of these contracts particularly with the information we have at our disposal that they exceeded budget limits It is an allegation It is still an assumption until they come to clear the air surrounding this This is why the senate is particularly interested and has mandated this committee to carry out full investigation So we want the Acting MD to come We are aware that the acting MD assumed duties a few weeks ago but government is a continuum It is not a case of whether she is the one that was in office or not and again we are very clear that this committee is not out to witch hunt anybody he said NAN NNL AFA Edited by Felix Ajide
Senate probes N2.5 bn NDDC Water Hyacinth Project

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Chairman Senate Committee on Public Accounts, Sen. Matthew Urhoghide made this known when the Director, Special Duties of the NDDC, Nosakhare Agbongiasede appeared before the committee in Abuja on Thursday.

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Urhoghide said that the investigation became imperative because the initial cost of the contract at N2.5 billion was allegedly jerked to N65 billion on the project.

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“Of course, that is a very serious offence. What we are hearing or what we know is that N2.5billion was budgeted for this activity, that is, desilting and clearing of water hyacinths.

“We are hearing that the Commission has spent N65 billion, so, we want to know if it is true.

Managing Director and Management of the NDDC

“We had invited the acting Managing Director and Management of the NDDC to come and testify before this committee of the Senate on Public Accounts on an issue that has become of national importance.

Niger Delta

“That is, the award of contracts that has to do with the clearing of water hyacinth in the Niger Delta region, and of course the desilting contracts that were awarded by the NDDC under its emergency programme.

“We want to be able to ascertain if due processes were followed in the award of these contracts, particularly with the information we have at our disposal that they exceeded budget limits.

” It is an allegation. It is still an assumption until they come to clear the air surrounding this.

“This is why the senate is particularly interested and has mandated this committee to carry out full investigation.

Acting MD

“So, we want the Acting MD to come. We are aware that the acting MD assumed duties a few weeks ago but government is a continuum.

“It is not a case of whether she is the one that was in office or not, and again we are very clear that this committee is not out to witch hunt anybody,” he said. (NAN)


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Edited by Felix Ajide

 

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