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NDDC: Auditor Common raised queries on funds made to Rodnab and the contract itself

We have now learn the doubtful statements revealed in The Vanguard newspaper of Friday, Might 22, 2020, and credited to Rodnab Building Restricted whereby it claimed that the queries from the Workplace of the Auditor Common of the Federation in respect of the contract awarded to it for the completion of the pinnacle workplace constructing of Niger Delta Improvement Fee (NDDC) was non-existent. It’s clear that what Rodnab and its patrons try to do is to win public sympathy and alter the narrative in opposition to the backdrop of the probe by the Nationwide Meeting of the fraudulent offers perpetrated by the Interim Administration Committee (IMC) of the NDDC beneath the supervision of Chief Godswill Akpabio, Minister for Niger Delta Affairs.

We want to restate that the workplace of the Auditor Common of the Federation certainly carried out an audit on the NDDC and produced an in depth report a replica of which was forwarded to the Fee for its crucial motion. It’s clear that Rodnab is a fraudulent firm, which proof is obvious within the revealed stories of the Auditor Common of the Federation, and like the businesses which have been linked to the fraudulent funds working into a number of billions of naira, it mustn’t even rear its ugly face wherever. We consider that even when they weren’t copied formally, Rodnab will need to have been knowledgeable of this by its collaborators within the IMC and so they can not deny this as a result of the report was duly forwarded to the NDDC for its crucial motion.

We aren’t stunned that Rodnab has taken this path to be clever-by-half when the very fact of the matter is that it has benefitted fraudulently from the abuse of economic laws by the present minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godswill Akpabio, and the interim administration committee of the NDDC, by accumulating full cost for the headquarters constructing which isn’t but accomplished. As we’ll present in excerpts of the OAGF report, there have been no evidences that Rodnab was correctly awarded the contract. Additionally, it was clear that the corporate was getting used to withdraw funds from the NDDC by corrupt components, who duplicated jobs already included in the primary contract for the pinnacle workplace constructing and awarded them to different corporations. It’s, due to this fact, a blatant lie if Rodnab claims that it’s unaware of those infractions, being a favoured contractor within the NDDC beneath Akpabio.

The OAGF report was revelatory intimately and scathing in conclusion, virtually stating that the contract awarded to Rodnab didn’t observe due course of as a result of there was no such proof within the books of the NDDC. For the avoidance of doubt and for the curiosity of mischief makers who might need to contest this truth, it’s a mandate of the workplace of the Auditor-Common to ‘perform statutory operate together with value-for-money expended to determine the extent of the financial system, effectiveness and effectivity from a authorities undertaking.’ It has a statutory accountability to audit all authorities ministries departments and companies (MDAs).

On the NDDC headquarter constructing beneath the heading beneath Difficulty 43 in its report titled, ‘Irregularities within the contract for the completion of the Niger Delta Improvement Fee Headquarters Constructing, Port Harcourt, Rivers State – N16,222,492,843.76’, the OAGF reported important non-compliance with extant Procurement and monetary laws. It famous ‘Underneath Findings’ that “The contract was awarded to Messrs Rodnab Building Restricted by means of Ref. No NDDC/HQ/EDP/UIDW/RV/WAT/PR/17/083 at a contract sum of N16,222,492,843.76. From the paperwork made accessible to the workforce, there was no proof of authorities and approvals like minutes of applicable tender Board assembly to again up these upward critiques. Additionally, there was no proof of ratification/adoption of those actions by the NDDC board or different applicable boards. Additionally noticed and crucial on the letter of award to Messrs Rodnab Building Restricted reference was made to the NDDC administration because the approving authority for these contracts. Nonetheless, these approvals couldn’t be produced for workforce verification. It added that “purported further works with totally different values had been added to the contract sum on occasion that lastly jerked up the value to N16,222,492,843.76. No priced Invoice of Portions (BOQ) was offered.”

It defined that the “BOQ states the standard by way of specs and amount of supplies and their prices in undertaking execution. With a purpose to confer legitimacy to the massive expenditure outlay of the initiatives executed in tandem with authorities coverage, the BOQ of the above-stated undertaking ought to have been produced for audit overview to fulfill Monetary Regulation 109(d) which states that ‘the Auditor Common shall perform statutory operate together with value-for-money expended to determine the extent of the financial system, effectiveness and effectivity from authorities undertaking.’ ”

Amongst different opaque transactions which give the impression that Rodnab was a automobile for fraudulent transactions within the NDDC, the Auditor Common’s report famous that some funds made to the corporate couldn’t be defended. For example, “Interim Cost Certificates No 2 within the sum of N3,059,661,429.45 was raised in favour of the contractor on the 18th October 2018. A perusal of the valuation report for this certificates confirmed that out of N978,877,500.00 launched beneath the preliminary merchandise of the undertaking, N107,875,000.00 was mentioned to be paid as half cost for an insurance coverage coverage. Nonetheless, the insurance coverage coverage obtained, the property or individuals lined by the coverage and the premium paid by the contractor amounting to the N107,875,00Zero claimed on this certificates couldn’t be traced.” Neither might it hint N230m licensed paid for the supply of supervision automobile, upkeep, driver, license insurance coverage as “each the automobile and proof of its buy weren’t accessible for verification.”

It concluded on the contract awarded to Rodnab Building Restricted that, “it was, due to this fact, troublesome to hold out a correct analysis of the job completed for this function neither was sure that the worth for the sum of N16,222,492,843.76 on the completion of Niger Delta Improvement Fee Headquarters Constructing merited the undertaking.”
Quite than pursue additional the question raised by the Auditor Common’s workplace and demand the restoration of cash illegally paid out for jobs not completed, Chief Godswill Akpabio on changing into Minister of Niger Delta ordered that the corporate be paid in full even when it had not completed the undertaking. This and the Auditor Common’s report are the crux of the allegations of favouritism and disrespect for monetary guidelines that whistleblowers raised in opposition to Akpabio, the IMC and Rodnab.

These within the know insist that as Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Akpabio had engaged Rodnab Building within the state and so they have a greater than a fiduciary relationship on which foundation he bends and breaks the foundations for the corporate within the NDDC. In reality, it was acknowledged clearly that on the level Rodnab bought the job from the NDDC, the headquarter constructing was about 65 p.c full and the Fee’s personal valuers had estimated that the remaining job ought to value not more than N6 billion. But it was given the job at N16.2 billion. Which will clarify why no Payments of Portions had been included within the contract award to Rodnab as a result of the job is overpriced.

One of many points raised by Rodnab was that the corporate was not queried by the OAGF, but it surely must be understood that the OAGF doesn’t cope with contractors or third Individuals however with MDAs, who’ve an obligation to rectify the problems raised within the queries, together with the restoration of overpayments to contractors, on this case, Rodnab. Going by the corporate’s assertion, these queries weren’t raised with it as anticipated however glossed over by Akpabio and the IMC, maybe as a result of Akpabio was in a rush to get his piece of the cake.

After all, we’re conscious that Akpabio and the IMC have been spending the previous couple of weeks producing and falsifying copious ‘information’ to cowl up this and several other different fraudulent transactions they’ve undertaken, which is why we ask the Nationwide Meeting committees to demand information from all related establishments together with the OAGF and CBN in its quest to unravel the fraudulent dealings within the NDDC beneath Akpabio and his IMC.

Damian Nwikinaka
Director of Analysis and Technique

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