The Niger Delta Development has said that it did not pay N20 billion to a ghost contractor. The Commission in a press statement issued in Port Harcourt on Monday by its Corporate Affairs Director, Dr Abitoye Abosade, said the allegation by a group that it paid a sum of N20bn to ghost contractors is false.
He added that the call by the said sponsored group who claim to be Ijaw Youth for the probe of monies that were never spent by the Commission is ‘not only laughable but most unfortunate’.
“The public is hereby put on notice, that these spurious lies are being masterminded, fabricated and orchestrated by persons who are positioning their relatives and associates for ultimate appointment into the board of the NDDC.
“These individuals, who are hell-bent on using all manners of gimmicks to arm-twist the president into appointing their relatives, cronies or associates into the Commission’s board, feel that the only way they can achieve their selfish desire is by using false allegations and blackmail against the hardworking Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and the Interim Administrator in order to get the attention of Mr President
“The Commission for the umpteenth time states without mincing words that it never paid N20 billion naira to any ghost contractor and therefore challenges the authors and fabricators of these malicious allegations to come out with proof or name the companies of these “ghost contractor,” Abasode stated.