SPECIAL REPORTS

How NDDC Paid Staff N655m for Training, Foreign Trips During COVID-19 Lockdown
SPECIAL REPORTS

How NDDC Paid Staff N655m for Training, Foreign Trips During COVID-19 Lockdown

The embattled Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission paid N570m to some staff members to undergo training programmes when Nigeria was on total lockdown following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The disclosure is contained in the report of the Senate ad hoc committee set up to unravel the alleged financial recklessness perpetrated by the IMC between October 1999 and May 2020. Punch Reports indicates that N143m was paid to individual members of staff on April 1, 2020 to attend a budget participatory conference. Incidentally, according to the report, “this period happens to be during the COVID-19 lockdown. It is obvious that the conference was not attended as the country was on absolute lockdown.” The panel, therefore, recommended that the en