On the day President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the investigation of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), a Senate committee has also vowed to investigate the same agency.
PREMIUM TIMES reported how Mr Buhari ordered a forensic audit of the operations of the NDDC from 2001 to 2019.
On the same Thursday, the Senate’s Public Accounts Committee also vowed to investigate alleged over-spending by the NDDC.
Unlike the president’s holistic probe, however, the Senate said it is interested in only some areas of expenditure of the NDDC.
The chairman of the Senate, Matthew Urhoghide, made this known during the planned budget defence of the commission on Thursday.
His comment came after members of the committee were told that the Acting Managing Director of the commission, Enyia Akwagaga, was unable to attend the meeting.
The Director of Special Duties Office of the managing director, Nosakhare Agbongiasede, conveyed the message.
Mr Agbongiasede had read a letter from the Acting MD stating the reason for her absence.
“I regret to inform you that I will be unable to attend the hearing because I am indisposed. I could have appeared but I’m sending the director, Special Duties in the office of the MD to represent me.
“Therefore, humbly appeal for another date that is convenient to the honourable senate committee for the hearing and I am ready to cooperate with the committee on this task,” the letter read.