The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in its report on the financial recklessness in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has revealed how the management of the commission shared N4.9billion among themselves in the name of medical allowance during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Wait a minute, N5billion for medical allowances? In my opinion, all the money should be collected from them and a hospital built with it. They can be allowed to receive free medical treatment in the hospital. WHAT A WASTE!
The senate revealed that the NDDC management paid N114.9million as supplementary medical allowance to 26 staff members.
The money was transferred into individual accounts in March and April 2020.
The Managing Director of the NDDC, Daniel Pondei, and two other executive directors received N14.2million each, adding that the payment took place during the first Interim Management Committee led by the ex-MD of the NDDC, Joi Nunieh.
The Senate also noted that the allowance had been in existence even through there is no specific policy supporting it.
“The three members of the Interim Management Committee received the highest amount of N142m each.
“Two other people, namely Evan Caroline Nagbo and Ms Cecilia Akintomide, took N12,387,500 each, while Peter Uwa Edieya was paid N10,340,000.
The report also revealed that four other members collected N8million each while 140 others collected N7million each.
75 others received N6million each, while 153 others were paid N5.5million eac.
Also, four other categories were paid between N4.1million and N4.8million, while seven others got about N3million each.
The senate report also reveled that 804 staff members collected between N2.4million and N2.9million each.
The rest received between N375,000 and N550,000 each.
The senate report revealed that payment to all the 1,401 staff of the NDDC who received the allowances were made on 16 March, 2020.
Also, the senate report revealed that the NDDC used staff members for the distribution of Lassa Fever Kits to 185 LGAs in Niger Delta State.
It noted that the staff received payment ranging from N300,000 to N6,845,000 on April 15, 2020 for the distribution of Personal Protective Kits.
The report reads below in parts (as seen on Punch);
“The total amount used for the distribution is N55,090,000.
“Twenty-nine employees were engaged in ‘Monitoring of the Emergency Response Programme on Lassa Fever Outbreak at a cost of N5,972,500’.
“NDDC did not provide any returns on the end-user beneficiaries which would have helped in evaluating the accountability and transparency of the programme. There was also no mention of the original target beneficiaries.
“NDDC management did not provide details of allocation of the Lassa fever Protective Kits per each state and LGA and how the distributors were assigned as well as the collated report on the distribution exercise.
“They should have justified the huge amount of money allocated for the exercise.”
It further revealed that the NDDC spent N808.9million as imprest between October 29, 2019 and May 23, 2020.
Adding that “this covers a period of seven months during most of which the nation was on lockdown.
“Given that significant amount was also expended on travels, duty tour allowance during this period, payment of bills, it is difficult to justify this huge amount as imprest necessary for the services of the commission.”
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