Acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mrs. Ibim Semenitari has distanced herself from a fake ongoing NDDC empowerment programme, which suspected fraudsters have been using to demand huge amount of money from unsuspecting members of the public, insisting that such programme does not exist.
This is as she raised the alarm over the cloning of her Facebook account by suspected fraudsters, which is the second time since she assumed duty as the chief executive of the NDDC in December last year, warning the public not to fall prey to the scammers.
Semenitari, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt by her special assistant on Media, Bekee Anyalewechi, frowned that her name could be used to defraud Nigerians, insisting that at no time did she authorise anybody to embark on any solicitation for prospective beneficiaries of the imaginary programme.
The NDDC boss said, “At no time did I, either in my personal capacity or in official role as the Acting Managing/Chief Executive Officer, Niger Delta Development Commission, commission, authorise or delegate any individual or member of management of the commission, or other personnel, to solicit for, recommend or collect money from the public in the name of empowerment.
“I find this latest project to smear my noble reputation disgusting and shows how deep some persons have degenerated.”
While expressing regret that dubious persons have devised the means of name-dropping to feed fat on the heat on the labour market, Semenitari acknowledged that NDDC under her leadership had pursued the empowerment of people vigorously.
She listed some of the empowerment programmes to include, award of scholarship, promotion of girl-child science education, development of road infrastructure to promote rural-urban transportation network, completion of critical projects and re-engagement of stalled ones, intervention in medical emergencies in rural and urban areas, donation of tractors to farmer co-operative societies and enhanced contractors’ payment processes.