“We gave Niger-Delta govs. N100m each as Covid-19 palliatives” – NDDC

The Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC), has stated that it gave each of the governors of the nine oil-producing states N100 million each as Covid-19 palliatives. 

This claim was reportedly made by NDDC officials while appearing before the Senate Committee on Ethics Privileges and Public Petitions. 

The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Patrick Ayo Akinyelure told newsmen that the Senate may summon the governors to testify on how the money was spent. He warned that the NDDC Sole Administrator must appear before it or risk an arrest warrant being issued against him over non-appearance. 

He added that the money given to the State governors is part of N6.25 billion allegedly expended by the NDDC on Covid-19 palliatives. He reiterated that the petition over the humongous amount spent by the agency on Covid-19 palliatives will not be swept under the carpet. 

“The State governors might not appear in person but we would expect them to send their commissioners in charge to come and brief us on the issue. We will also ask the governors why they failed to explain to the National Assembly. We will demand details of the disbursement”, Akinyelure stated. 

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