Nunieh and Akpabio
The minister for Niger Delta affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has revealed earlier than the Home of Representatives that the previous appearing managing director of the Niger Delta Improvement Fee (NDDC), Pleasure Nunieh, was sacked following a letter from the late Abba Kyari.
He mentioned the letter disclosed that Nunieh didn’t have a legitimate NYSC certificates or exemption letter. He additionally identified that she was sacked for insubordination.
In accordance with a report by TheNation, Akpabio mentioned Kyari, the late chief of employees to the president, famous that Nunieh doesn’t have the requisite qualification to occupy a public workplace.
Akpabio who was testifying earlier than the Home of Representatives committee investigating the lacking N40 billion from the fee mentioned Kyari’s letter said that the previous NDDC boss doesn’t have an NYSC certificates, including that the letter shaped one of many bases for her removing from workplace.
He additionally mentioned the opposite purpose for her removing from workplace bothers on insubordination and her refusal to attend a gathering of the Federal Govt Council to supply an evidence on sure actions of the fee.
He mentioned: “she ignored the letter written to her by the Everlasting Secretary of the Ministry directing her to attend a gathering of the Federal Govt Council (FEC). She felt that she is larger than the Minister as a result of she has an even bigger finances.”
In a fairly rowdy session with members of the Home committee, Akpabio denied claims by Nunieh that the forensic audit of the fee has not commenced, saying the forensic audit has since commenced.
Members had queried the minister on his alleged usurpation of the powers of the previous managing director asking to what extent he had influenced or exercised such powers within the company.
“If I discover out that the MD of NDDC will not be appearing within the curiosity of the Niger Delta individuals, I’ll intervene. I had to try this as soon as once I heard concerning the fee for Lassa fever. I referred to as and discovered that they’d paid N2.9 billion and so they have been about to pay one other N572 million, I needed to intervene and say they need to not as a result of there was no finances at the moment. The contractor wrote to me to approve N572 million,” he mentioned.
A member, Benjamin Kalu accused the minister of not answering the committee query, however Akpabio denied the allegations, saying; “I’m providing you with the info.”
He additionally accused the minister of usurping the features of the managing director of NDDC by writing a letter to BPP securing a letter of no objection, however Akpabio mentioned “It’s the NDDC that ultimately grew to become the procuring company.
“What occurred was that we thought the federal government was going to pay for the forensic audit. However when the approval of the president got here out, he mentioned NDDC ought to pay and so the letter we wrote was withdrawn. We had even gone to the federal tenders’ board. However ultimately, the NDDC grew to become the procuring company,” he mentioned.
Akpabio additionally refuted allegations by Nunieh that he authorised from NDDC coffers a whopping N10bn for her to share to its contractors
He additional mentioned that the N2.5 billion for the forensic audit train was included within the 2019 finances of the company
On the allegation that the company had been awarding contracts to its contractors with out going by means of the procurement course of and signing of needed paperwork, he mentioned that the company solely awarded three contracts after he assumed workplace as minister.