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NDDC Invites EFCC For Forensic Audit



The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to assist the firms contracted for the forensic audit of the commission by the federal government.

EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, said that the NDDC acting managing director, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, made the invitation yesterday, during a courtesy visit to the Port Harcourt zonal office of the commission.

According to him, Prof. Pondei, who said that he was at the commission to “establish good working relationship with the EFCC,” expressed the need for the auditors to interface with the EFCC.

He also requested for the commission’s assistance in looking at cases of contracts awarded and paid for but not executed.

“We have reports of projects awarded and paid for but not executed. There is need for us to work on these cases,” he said.

The NDDC boss noted that petitions, both genuine and frivolous, from communities on abandoned projects, had become a source of distraction to the management committee and, therefore, requested for a status report on all NDDC cases being investigated by the EFCC.

In his remarks, the EFCC zonal head, Usman Imam, described the visit by the NDDC team as remarkable, noting that it will help to bridge whatever gaps existed between the agencies.

While congratulating the Interim Management Committee (IMC) on its appointment, Imam pointed out that its assignment appeared daunting in the face of extreme negative public perception of the agency.