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NDDC MD Pondei, Others Shared N4.9bn For ‘Medical Checkup’ During Lockdown – Senate Report

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The Senate report on the alleged corruption in the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has exposed how the top management of the agency shared N4.9bn among themselves for ‘medical checkup’ during the coronavirus lockdown.

The report also revealed that the management paid N114.9m as supplementary medical allowance to 26 staff member during the same period.

The document, adopted and approved by the Senate shortly before it proceeded on its annual recess penultimate week, showed that the monies were paid to the individual accounts in March and April this year.

The acting Managing Director, Daniel Pondei, and the two executive directors got N14.2m each, it indicated.

According to the report, no such payment took place during the first Interim Management Committee led by Joi Nunieh, despite available data showing that the bogus allowance had been a practice in the agency that was set up to uplift the oil producing Niger Delta.

“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 said.

It further said that four other members of staff collected about N8m each while 140 others collected an average of N7m each.

The report added that the NDDC management also paid 75 others N6m each while 153 staff members were paid N5.5m.

Four other category of staff were paid between N4.1m and N4.8m while seven others got about N3m each.

And 804 staff members collected between N2.4m and N2.9m each.

The document also showed that the management paid N114.9m as supplementary medical allowance to 26 staff members, while at least 15 of them got N7m.

The rest got between N375, 000 and N550, 000 each.

The payment to all the 1,401 staff who received the allowance was made on 16 March 2020, the report said.

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