The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim
and Director General of the Bureau for Public Procurement, BPP, Mr. Emeka Eze
have allegedly benefitted from a N300 Billion contract scandal currently rocking the
Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
A Petition before President Goodluck Jonathan accused Sen. Anyim and Mr Eze of
benefitting from up to three mega projects at the NDDC which worth billions of naira
to cover up “the monumental fraud in the intervention agency.”
The petition jointly signed by Evwierhuroma Aggbagoro and Unyime Enang both of
the Niger Delta Contractors Coalition said as part of the deal, the BPP DG with the
knowledge and approval of the SGF, gave a waiver to the current board of the NDDC
to award 22 mega projects worth over N90 billion and emergency projects worth over
“There are no detailed or final engineering design drawings or estimates for all the
projects in question. Tenders had been issued out before consultants were
precipitously called to prepare quasi-Bills of Quantities and BEMEs without
engineering drawings and because the agencies of the Presidency that is supposed
to regulate and check these excesses have been compromised, they unduly
approved of it. This is outrageous, wasteful, and fraudulent and must be stopped
immediately,” the petition said.
They also accused the duo of increasing the approval limit of the board of NDDC
from N250 million to N1billion. The petition also accused the NDDC board of using
cronies to defraud the agency of billions through phony contract awards especially
awarding contracts for clearing of Water Hyacinth in the over 500 creeks of the
The 500 creeks are all salt water and hyacinth does not grow on salt water. The
petition noted with dismay why the current board has not been different from the
ousted ones “from inception in 2001 to April 2009, the NDDC awarded about 5,100
projects. Of these, less than 1,550 have been completed.
Over 2,982 projects have been abandoned for lack of budgetary provision and about
300 already awarded projects completely removed from the budget. It also stated
that “between 2009 and October 2011, the commission awarded 950 projects, most
of them still on-going.
The petition disclosed that while N158 billion NDDC funds are with various banks,
and “as at today, the total budget cost for all the commission’s projects stand at
N1, 802,432,439,448.263. The NDDC has so far made commitments of N237,
642,639,591 and the total amount approved for the 2011 budget is N243,
637,703,714.00. Under this board, personnel expenditure increased by over 40%
from N5,992,705,878.00 to N9,485,694,844.”
According to the petition, “It is unexplainable that in just four months, the new board
has awarded 600 small ticket projects of values between N50m - N250m worth over
N90 billion and 80 mega projects worth about N240 billion. This brings the total
project amount awarded to N330 billion.”
The petition noted, “All these awards grossly fell short of the requirements of Public
Procurement Acts of 2007.”
The petitioners listed their prayers as:
1. That all emergency projects awarded between January 2012 and April 2012
be halted and investigated by Orosanye Panel, not the BPP or SGF’s office-as
these offices have been badly compromised on NDDC matters. The following should
be scrutinized: i.)Methods of award of the contracts. ii) Conditions under which
they were awarded and compliance to the aforementioned sections of the
Procurement Act and capacity/profile of the chosen contractors.
2. That the commission’s transactions and projects awards be thoroughly
audited by a responsible auditing firm.
3. That the dubious methods of issuing all three tenders for a contract to a
single favored or chosen contractor by the board, instead of encouraging competitive
bidding be investigated and penalized.
4. Every responsible project manager in Niger Delta knows that the best time
to pay contractors is just before rainy season. Over 400 contractors and 900 APG
payments have deliberately been stalled. Mr. President is urgently requested to
reverse this trend or risk imminent collapse of the commission.
5. That the board should be directed to award projects based on strategic need
prescribed through the recommendations of the Niger Delta Master Plan, and not by
mere political patronage.
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