The report of the Senate ad-hoc committee on the financial recklessness in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has disclosed that the agency spent N4.9billion on medical checkup of its personnel.
A copy of the report obtained by The Guardian yesterday revealed that the money was paid to the accounts of the individuals in March.
According to the document, the Acting Managing Director, Daniel Pondei, and the two executive directors got N14.2million each. The report exonerated the first Interim Management Committee (IMC) led by Joi Nunieh, indicating that no such payment was made during her tenure.
The ad-hoc committee stated that the allowance had been in existence even though there was no specific policy underpinning it.
“The three members of the IMC received the highest amount of N14.2 million each.
Two other people, namely Evan Caroline Nagbo and Ms. Cecilia Akintomide took N12, 387,500 each, while Peter Uwa Edieya was paid N10.340,000.”
The report added that four other members of staff collected about N8million each while 140 others collected an average of N7million each.
The NDDC management also paid 75 others N6million each while 153 staff were paid N5.5million each. Four other categories of staff were paid between N4.1million and N4.8million each while seven others got about N3million each.
The document further indicated that 804 staff members collected between N2.4million and N2.9million each.
Besides, the document showed that the management paid N114.9million as supplementary medical allowance to 26 staff. About 15 of them got N7million while one of them collected N5.2million.
The rest collected between N375, 000 and N550, 000 each.
“Payment to all the 1,401 staff who received the allowance was made on 16 March 2020,” the committee stated.