Niger Delta Growth Fee, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh
The Govt Director of Tasks, Niger Delta Growth Fee, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh has revealed that the NDDC gave N340m to indigenes to assist inspectors to determine tasks inside their locality.
He made the revelation throughout an interview with Come up TV on the sidelines of the Home committee probe on the NDDC.
When requested why N340m was given to the indigenes, the director stated, “There are 185 native governments within the Niger Delta area and we now have the checklist of contracts in all of the native governments. Usually, when the forensic auditors arrive, folks chase them out of the place.
“So, indigenes are appointed as pointers who will keep within the native authorities. All these jobs which can be deserted, they may go and present them the place the location is.”
When requested if it was needed to provide indigenes such an enormous sum of cash to assist level out tasks to exterior auditors, Ojuogboh responded within the affirmative.
He stated if the ‘pointers’ weren’t current, the locals might forestall auditors from getting access to the communities to examine the tasks.
“You need to want pointers and once more, the auditors should have pleasant folks on the bottom who will construct synergy for them and the locals,” he stated.
As regards allegations of extra-budgetary spending, Ojuogboh admitted that the funds being spent weren’t authorized by the Nationwide Meeting however acknowledged that the NDDC was allowed to spend 50 per cent of the proposed finances it had submitted to the Nationwide Meeting.
Responding to a query, he stated, “There may be nothing like that (extra-budgetary spending) as a result of we now have submitted the 2020 finances to the Nationwide Meeting and we’re allowed to spend 50 per cent of the finances which is the place we’re spending from.
“In anticipation of the finances that we now have submitted, we’re allowed to spend your entire recurrent finances and 50 per cent of the finances itself.”