The Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has disclosed that members of the National Assembly are requesting N6.4bn for 132 unexecuted projects .
The IMC alleged that lawmakers, were frustrating efforts to develop the Niger Delta .
These, Acting Managing Director of the Commission, Prof. Keme Pondei,said accounted for the barrage of allegations thrown at it by some interest groups including its attacks by some members of the National Assembly.
Pondei, who spoke at the NDDC corporate headquarters in Port Harcourt, on Tuesday, traced the troubles of the commission to ambitions of the chairmen of the two NDDC committees in the Senate and the House Representatives.
Pondei called on the management of the National Assembly to investigate the activities of the two chairmen saying that most members of their committees were not aware of the motives behind their actions against the IMC.
For instance, he said: “We have faced so much pressure from some members of the National Assembly not to send certain files to forensic auditors. We fear this will compromise the integrity of the exercise and have refused to do their bid”.
Pondei said his committee was faced with additional pressure from some members of the National Assembly to pay for 132 jobs, which had no proof of execution.
“We have refused to pay out N6.4bn for those jobs. We believe that an IMC set up as a cleansing structure cannot become part of the old story of rot”, he said.