NDDC audit: Contractors resume projects, return money

It has been learned that contractors in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) who abandoned their projects are rushing back to the site to avoid prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

A few others have reportedly returned all monies paid to them before they left their contracts uncompleted.

The anti-graft commission beamed its searchlight on the errant contractors in line with Federal Government’s directive after scrutinizing NDDC’s forensic report.

The government had ordered the agency to compel contractors that abandoned their projects to either resume work or return monies paid to them.

A source told our reporter that EFCC was asked to adopt all means, including a plea bargain to retrieve every kobo belonging to the NDDC.

Udengs Eradiri, the special adviser to the NDDC Sole Administrator Effiong Akwa, confirmed that some of the contractors had started returning the commission’s money while others had returned to the sites of the projects they abandoned.

“If you go around the region, you will find out that many contractors are going back to the site as a result of the recommendation of the forensic exercise and fear of prosecution. Some were arrested and they are undergoing interrogations,” Eradiri said.

However, he did not state how much had been returned to the coffers of the NDDC by the errant contractors and the number that went back to their project sites.



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