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NDDC Probe: Pondei Denies Receiving Kickbacks From Contractors


The Acting Chairman of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei has denied ever requesting or receiving kickbacks from contractors.

In a statement on Monday, the Pondei’s spokesman, Edgar Ebigoni, denied the allegations and challenged anyone with evidence to come forward.

According to the statement, “It is therefore surprising and disappointing the Senate Committee can be attributed with unproven allegations as their final report,” he said.


 “Whatever made the Senate Ad-Hoc sit in Abuja to accept a negative report rather than accept the challenge of the IMC to visit the headquarters themselves, for an unbiased assessment, is yet unknown. The admittance of the committee that the Forensic Audit is ongoing is a welcome development,” he added.

He noted that the “those mentioned in the emergency contract sleaze” were trying to get back at the IMC “for daring to name and shame those who have held the commission and the region hostage for years.

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“The siege is finally broken. Neither Pondei nor any member of the IMC has sought or received any bribe for performing their duties. The Forensic Audit will actually unravel the issue of over-invoicing and contract inflation, among other things. It will follow the money trail and expose those who shared such monies with the contractors.


“The IMC has been undertaking a painstaking evaluation of projects before approving any historical debt payment, no matter the level of documentary progress already recorded. Previous project valuations have been slashed and the actual value of work done determined.

“Most emergency contractors are therefore no longer getting the humongous figures they had been promised by their co-conspirators within the Commission. The reduced payment is a saving for the Commission and the Niger Delta, not a payment for the persons in the IMC or the Commission.”

It will be recalled that the Senate had alleged that Pondei and other members of the IMC received 20 – 30 per cent of contract sums before contractors are paid citing the submission by the Chairman of NDDC Contractors, Mr Joe Adia.


The committee said maintained that claims by the IMC and Minister for Niger Delta, Senator Godswill Akpabio, that NDCC headquarters was 95 per cent complete is false.

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