of the Niger Delta Development Commission paid N570 m to certain staff members
to attend training programs while Nigeria was in complete lock-up following the
outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
report of the ad hoc Senate Committee set up to unravel the alleged financial
negligence of the IMC between October 1999 and May 2020.
by Saturday’s PUNCH on Friday, showed that N143 m was paid to individual staff
members on 1 April 2020 to attend a budget participatory conference.
“this time happens to be during the COVID-19 lockdown. It is clear that
the conference was not attended because the nation was on an total lockdown.
the entire sum be reimbursed by the staff members concerned.
staff members with an average of almost N28 m per person,” he said.
charged in cash to 300 drivers on 3 February 2020 to attend a driver training
course scheduled to take place while the nation was locked down.
tradition of cash compensation to individual workers continues to be a common
practice in the NDDC.
it lacks transparency and accountability. NDDC will do away with this activity
as a means of strengthening its duty of stewardship, “the report said.
on April 3, 2020, to some NDDC union executives for an International Labour
Organisation conference in Turin, Italy.
happens to be during the COVID-19 lockdown. It is obvious that the beneficiaries
of these payments could not travel out of the country as a result of the
COVID-19 travel restriction.
the union members concerned,” the report added.
“delegates” who attended the graduation ceremony of NDDC scholars in the United
Kingdom in June 2020.
the trip was N85.6m, paid to 14 staff members to travel to the United Kingdom.
the travellers includes the MD/CEO, Prof (Daniel) Pondei; the Executive
Director, Projects, Dr Cairo Ojougboh; and another Director, Mr Luke Lbanga.
internal control failure in the NDDC, in particular with the management’s
choice to make transactions such as cash payments to individual staff