The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, over alleged N1.6 billion contracts ‘unexecuted’ by contractors.
The acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) of the NDDC, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, in a letter to the IGP dated July 29, 2020, said the contracts for the supply of 4,800 benches and desks each was awarded to seven companies at the cost of N232, 209,600 each.
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He said the interventionist agency had paid for the contracts but the firms refused to supply them to its warehouse or any of the NDDC offices in the nine Niger Delta states.
Pondei, in the letter titled: “Re: Forwarding of documents in respect of on-going investigation” for the attention of Barr. Akeem Lawal (DOPs – Department of Operations), said: “In or about 2017, the commission awarded contracts to certain companies for the production of desks and chairs for primary and secondary schools in the Niger Delta Region. The list of the companies is attached.
“The contracts were awarded in furtherance of the commission’s education sector mandate as learning condition in the Niger Delta region.
“Instead of supplying the chairs and desks to the commission’s warehouse in Port Harcourt or to any of the NDDC offices in the nine Niger Delta states, the contractors supplied them to a warehouse described as Akuede Akwis, Benin Expressway, Okpanam before Wichetech.
“The warehouse is located in Delta state and has no relationship with the commission. Waybills evidencing delivery of the desks and chairs at the said warehouse are hereby attached.
“Despite having been fully paid for the contracts, the contractors and the owner of the warehouse have refused to release the chairs and desks to the commission.
“The resultant effect is that the commission and the Niger Delta region have been deprived of the use of the desks and chairs and neither have the contractors refunded the monies paid on the items to the commission as money had and received.
“It is on the strength of the foregoing that the NDDC invites you to take a look at the fact culminating in this petition.”