NDDC duped Rivers of N400m – Wike

Nyesom Wike

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has alleged that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) defrauded the state of N400 million.

In a Twitter thread on Thursday night, the governor raged over the commission, arguing that despite the inauguration of the NDDC advisory council, governors in oil producing states are still sidelined in the affairs of the commission.

He said: “NDDC fraudulently duped us over the Mother and Child hospital. They duped us. They had an agreement with the State government to build a regional hospital called Mother and Child hospital.

“They agreed that it will be N1.7 Billion Naira. State government to bring N800million, they will bring N900 million. State government at that time paid their N800million.

“NDDC mobilised the contractor with N400 million of the N800 million we brought and then abandoned the contractor and the contractor left site.

“And when we came on board, we said okay, we don’t want to partner with you again, give us back our N400 million, it became a problem. Politics came in.”

Wike further said the NDDC under the Buhari administration had become a state of its own.

“There cannot be development without good governance. There cannot be good governance without the rule of law. Good governance without the rule of cannot work,” he added.