No fake or unauthorised transaction was conducted by NDDC over alleged N5.5bn scam – Ministry

The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs has rejected a query purportedly by its Minister , Senator Godswill Akpabio , to the Niger Delta Development Commission over allegations of a N 5 . 5 bn contract scam involving Signora Concepts Services Ltd.

The Permanent Secretary of the ministry , Olusade Adesola , in a statement on Monday , said an internal probe had proved that no “ fake or unauthorised transaction” was conducted.

Adesola stated , “ The attention of the Ministry has been drawn to an alleged letter circulating on social media purporting that the Honourable Minister , Senator (Dr . ) Godswill O . Akpabio , CON directed the issuance of a letter / query to the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC demanding explanation on the allegation of a contract scam of N 5 . 5 billion issued by the Commission to Signora Concepts Services Ltd within three days .

“ It is to be noted that the Niger Delta Development Commission had in its various publications in the media denied without equivocation the alleged contract , stating that the ‘ document is simply fake or at best unauthorised . ’

“ The company , Signora Concepts Services Ltd , also issued a statement that it did not receive any payment for the purported COVID – 19 contract before the NDDC withdrew the said contract paper it described as either fake or unauthorised . ”

According to the statement , the ministry is “ satisfied with the explanations provided by the commission and the company , ” and had gone ahead to confirm that “ no single payment was made on account of the ‘ fake or unauthorised ’ transaction. ”

It added , “ Wherein lies the use of the words ‘ scam ’ or ‘ fraud ’?

Therefore , the ministry has no intention or need to demand any further explanation from the NDDC.

“ In the light of the above , the purported letter / query said to have been issued by the ministry to the NDDC was only a figment of the imagination of the mischief – makers who , in their trepidation on witnessing the takeoff of the forensic audit of the NDDC directed by His Excellency , President Muhammadu Buhari , GCFR , have persisted in their campaign of calumny and would stop at nothing to stultify the exercise , including the vilification and mudsling of the person of the honourable minister and the IMC of the NDDC. ”

The permanent secretary underscored that the ministry had not issued or authorised the issuance of any query /letter demanding answers from the IMC of the NDDC on any of its “well – intentioned actions so far. ”

Adesola said , “The Honourable Minister , Permanent Secretary and Management of the MNDA , therefore , disassociate the entire ministry from the said fallacious letter /query in all respects .

He further advised the general public to exercise “great caution ” in receiving correspondences concerning the Ministry and its parastatals from sources other than the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs .

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