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Exposed: Two South-South legislators in NDDC contract scandal

nddcA coalition of civil society groups on Friday in Abuja gave a graphic detail concerning the alleged involvement

of two ranking legislators from the South South geopolitical zone, James Manager and Nicholas Mutu, in contract scam with officials of the Niger Delta Development Commission.

The organisation which likened the juicy chairmanship positions held by the two legislators to an  exchanged of bribery and corruption between the leadership of both the Senate and House of Representatives, said it was high time all anti-graft agencies in the country swung into action to thoroughly probe the activities of the NDDC and all contracts awarded by the commission in the past five (5) years or more.

President of the coalition, Mr. Bassey Etuk and Secretary, Abubakar Ahmed, at a press briefing alleged that over 67 dubious contracts awarded by the NDDC within the last five years have not been fully executed while the legislators have continued to feign ignorance because they believed  that they were untouchable in the eyes of the law.

Etuk said: “As we all know, the country is in a thorough renaissance in the light and spirit of the anti-corruption wind that is blowing across the length and breath of Nigeria. It is in the same spirit of the anti-corruption campaign that we are bent to unravel the corruption misery in NDDC in collaboration with some criminally minded Legislators in the National Assembly.

“Our findings reveals that the commission is riddled with different facts of corrupt practices ranging from ‎outrageous inflated contracts, ‎contracts splitting‎, non inspection of contracts for which payments have either been fully made or substantial percentage of the contracts sums released.

‎”We in the civil world are strongly calling on all anti-graft agencies to thoroughly and urgently probe the activities of the Commission and all contracts awarded by the commission in the past five (5) years or more.

‎”It is on record that the Auditor-General of the Federation had open the surface of the huge corrupt practices going on in NDDC via the 2013 Audit Report. The over ten years legislators in the National Assembly have turned themselves into legislative contractors because of the volume of contracts given to them by NDDC collocated with unregistered companies to execute the Jobs”.

He also took a swipe on the NDDC and alleged corruption within the system, saying it was unfortunate that billions could be stolen in the name of contracts while the Niger Delta as a region remained grossly under-developed in the face of billions allocated to the commission.”

Etuk listed 67 various corruption cases ravaging NDDC, including the construction of rigid pavement at Odorobu/Adobu road (phase 2) in Patani LGA of Delta State awarded to Arc. Marine  & Civil Contractors.

‎While the construction of internal concrete pavement at Akugbene phase 2 at Bomadi LGA of Delta State was awarded to Complete Unit Ltd‎ at the sum of N246,048,000.00‎, construction of Akugbene Esama Ogbein awarded to Messrs Deastern Elect & Mech Service Ltd was awarded the sum of N2,449,894,075.41‎.

Etuk revealed that the findings of the group also showed that some companies are used by the management of the commission to siphon money released by the Federal Government to NDDC, without the jobs awarded being done but money paid through the company’s bank account numbers.

“The companies are Skyview powertechnologiesLtd, Income Electrix Ltd, Kevtric Nig Ltd, Modev Nig Ltd, AVC Nig Ltd, UIDW Nig Ltd etc were used for Twenty Billion Naira (N2OB) for visibility study contract of electrification project to be carried out by the commission, though the management cunningly split the money to cover the companies concern”, he emphasised.

When contacted, the Public Affairs Manager of NDDC, Mr. Abosede Ibitoye described the allegations as lies because the commission has put in place some checks and balances to avoided a situation in which there would be up executed contracts for which money has been paid. 

He said, “The allegations are not knew and they have been saying it over the years. Some people just sit down and assume that there is corruption in NDDC without knowing the measures and checks and balances we have put in place. How many letters (petitions) have they written to EFCC and ICPC? We have seen so many things, 

“I am not aware of these allegations; how could we have awarded contracts without executing them? That is criminal, I am not sure we do such things. Our contracts are duly awarded, monitored and executed. We don’t pay APG again. But the last NDDC Board stopped APG, until you present Interim Payment Certificate duly certified that the job has been done, you won’t be paid. Without that nobody pays you. 

“So, I don’t see anywhere a contract will be awarded without IPC and money will be paid. It is not done because where the particulars of that job are domiciled, the state officers, engineers and directors will have to certify that the jobs have been done. They have to sign, we told them that you are putting your certificates at stake because if we find out any discrepancy, you will go in for it. Our staff are mindful of all these and they are careful about any job not being done.”

NB: Full text of press conference below…

BEING A PRESS CONFERENCE TEXT ADDRESSED BY THE COALITION OF CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS ON FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 25 2015 IN ABUJA

Gentlemen of the press,

As we all know, the country is in a thorough renaissance in the light and spirit of the anti-corruption wind that is blowing across the length and breath of Nigeria. It is in the same spirit of the anti-corruption campaign that we are bent to unravel the corruption misery in NDDC in collaboration with some criminally minded Legislators in the National Assembly.

Our findings reveals that the Commission is riddled with different facts of corrupt practices ranging from

(a) Outrageous inflated contracts

(b) Contracts splitting

(c) Non execution of contracts for which payments have either been fully paid or substantial percentage of the contracts sums released.

We in the civil world are strongly calling on all anti-graft agencies to thoroughly and urgently probe the activities of the Commission and all contracts awarded by the commission in the past five (5) years or more.

It is on record that the Auditor-General of the Federation had open the surface of the huge corrupt practices going on in NDDC via the 2013 Audit Report.

The Coalition of Civil Society Groups with over 200 membership strength has it on good authority that NDDC in connivance with some highly placed legislators are using their offices in the National Assembly to indulged in criminal activities via contracts scam. The over ten years Legislators in the National Assembly have turned themselves into legislative contractors because of the volume of contracts giving to them by NDDC collocated with unregistered companies to execute the Jobs. In some cases, the contracts awarded to them are not fully executed because they believe  that they are untouchable in the face of law. please note that sixty- seven contracts were giving to the legislators in the space of two years. some of the contracts are as follows

S/N

DESCRIPTION

CONTRACTOR

LOCATION

STATE

DATE AWRED 

ORIGINAL CONTRACT SUM

1

CONSTRUTION OF RIGID PAVEMENT AT ODOROROBU/ ADOBU ROAD (PHASE II) IN PATANI LGA

ARC MARINE & CIVIL CONTRACTORS

    ODOROBU /

ADOBU

 

 

 

DELTA

SATE

 

 

 

MAR-11

 

 

 

N248,457,000.00

2.

THE CONSTRUCTION OF INTERNAL CONCRETE PAVEMENT AT AKUGBENE (PHASE II) IN BOMADI LGA

 

 

COMPLETE UNIT

LTD

 

 

 

AKUGBENE

 

 

DELTA

STATE

 

 

 

 

MAR- 11

N246,048,000.00

3.

CONSTRUTION OF AKUGBENE ESAMA OGBEINAMA ROAD

MESSRS. DEASTERN ELECT & MECH SERV. LTD

AKUGBENE ESAMA OGBEINAMA

DELTA

STATE

13 –APR-11

N2,449,894,075.41

4

CONSTRUCTION OF OKPAI SHORE PROTECTION WORKS, DELTA STATE.

CAWA MARINE & OIL SERVICES. LTD

BULO NDORO

DELTA

STATE

20-APR-12

N6,178,174,054.53

5

PROVISION/RAHABILITATION OF SOLAR STREET LIGHT COMPLETE WITH 600 X 600 MM REINFORCED CONCREATE PLINTH AT AKUGBERE AND ENVIRONS IN BOMADI LGA, DELTA

ZONATES NIG.     LTD

 

 

 

AKUGBERE

 

 

DELTA

STATE

 

 

 

30- JUL-13

N200,250,000.00

6

CANALIZATION OF 1KM DDPA CANAL (LOT 2), UVWIE LGA, DELTA

PREZACOM ENGENEERING LTD

DDPA CANAL

DELTA

SATE

14-JUL-14

N234,509,189.50

7

EXTENSION OF 33KV OVERHEAD LINE NETWORKS FROM OKIRIKA TO FURUKUMA COMMUNITY, DELTA SATE

KEVTRICS NIG LTD

AKUGBENE

DELTA

SATE

24-OCT-14

N903,239,253.00

8

AWARD OF CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUTION OF CONCRETE LANDING JETTY AND WAITING SHED AWOBU PRIMARY SCHOOOL, AKUGBENE, BOMDI LGA

CRESTVIARO LTD

AKUGBENE

DELTA

STATE

DEC-14

N239,500.000.00

9

AWARD OF CONTARCT FOR THE RECLAMATION / SAND FILLING OGF OGBE –IJOH, WARRI SOUTH WEST LGA (LOT7)

TEESET NIG, LTD.

OGBE-IJOH

DELTA

STATE

DEC-14

N951,470,384.30

10 

CANALIZATION OF OLOKPOPOLO  CREEK AT BOLOU –NDORO (LOT 1) IN BURUTU LGA, DELTA STATE

COMPLETE UNIT LTD

AKUGBENE

DELTA

STATE

18-DEC-14

N958,650.625.00

11 

CANALIZATION OF OLOKPOPOLO CREEK AT BOLOU-NDORO (LOT 2) IN BURUTU LGA, DELTA SATE 

GO- DEINSCO NIG. LTD

BOLOU-NDORO

DELTA

STATE

18-DEC-14

N805,147,500.00

12

CANALIZATION OF AKOLOBA CREEK, AKUGBE NE TOWN (LOT 10, BOMADI LGA, DELTA STATE

PRO’’’ CONSULT & ENG. SERB LTD

SEITOROU – BOLOU EKAMETAGENE

DELTA

STATE

18-DEC-14

N 978,921875.00

13

CANALIZATION OF AKOLOBA CREEK, AKUGBENE TOWN (LOT 3), BOMADI LGA, DELTA STATE

TEESET NIG LTD

AKUGBENE

DELTA

STATE

18-DEC-14

N941,049,475,00

14

LAND RECLAMATION AT OJOBO, PHASE II, (LOT 4), BURUTU LGA, DELTA STATE

HING;A INTERGRATED CONCEPT LTD

OJOBO

DELTA

STATE

18-DEC-14

N919,753.730.50

15

LAND RECLAMTION AT OJOBO PHASE II, (LOT5), BURUTY LGA, DELTA STATE

INTER FAZE GLOBAL SERVICES LTD

OJOBO

DELTA 

STATE

18-DEC-14

N920,172,617.50

16

LAND RECLAMTION AT OJOBO PHASE II, (LOT9), BURUTY LGA, DELTA STATE

NOVOMUNDO RESOURCES LTD

OJOBO

DELTA

STATE

18-DEC-14

N921,010,948.00

17

LAND RECLAMTION AT OJOBO PHASE II, (LOT8), BURUTY LGA, DELTA STATE

TAMARAWARE GLOBAL INTERGRATED CONCEPT LTD

OJOBO

DELTA

STATE

18-DEC-14

N920,593,174.00

18

LAND RECLAMTION/ SAND FILLING OF AGUGBENE TOWN, BOMADI, DELTA STATE (LOT 6)

FEMSBASE INT’L LTD

AKUGBENE TOWN

DELTA

STATE

18-DEC-14

N809,998,050.00

19

LAND RECLAMTION/ SAND FILLING OF AGUGBENE TOWN, BOMADI, DELTA STATE (LOT 10)

FIRST MARINE & ENGENEERING SERVICES LTD

AKUGBENE

TOWN

DELTA

STATE

18-DEC-14

N807,154.125.00

20

LAND RECLAMTION/ SAND FILLING OF AGUGBENE TOWN, BOMADI, DELTA STATE (LOT 8)

GOLD FINGERS GLOBAL CONSULTING ASSOCUATES LTD

AKUGENE

TOWN

DELTASATE

18-DEC-14

N801,111.900.00

 

The money released are in billions and we are shocked that people making laws could soiled their hands in criminal activities.

It has become very necessary for us to bring these corruption cases to the notice of the public because we aware that some people whose corrupt activities should be under close scrutiny of the anti-corruption agencies  are still going about boasting with an impression that they are above the law. The legislators involved are Senator James Manager and Hon Nicholas Mutu. These shameless and

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