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NDDC crisis: Contractor denies signing agreements for 11 companies, warns officials of commission

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One of the contractors of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, High Chief Nelson Agbamuche, the Odozi-Ani of Akwukwu Igbo Kingdom in Delta State, has vehemently denied signing contract agreements for eleven different companies.

The High Chief made the denial following a recent statement by the Commission, in which it suggested that the chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta, Peter Nwaoboshi used eleven companies belonging to Agabamuche to execute the shady contracts worth about N3.6 billion.

The contractor said such allegation was a baseless fabrication by mischievous officials and management of the Commission.

In a statement he personally signed and made available to GCFRNG on Wednesday, the traditional ruler further describe the allegation as a calculated deception and another blatant lie.

He said it was worrisome to see such lies coming from an official quarter, insisting that the allegations were untrue.

Recall that Agbamuche had earlier warned persons in the forefront of the crisis rocking the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, not to drag him into the battle.

Agbamuche further alleged that the NDDC attributed ownership of his companies to unknown persons, adding that this could be another sinister plot by fraudulent individuals to divert what rightfully belongs to him.

The contractor said he suspects a deliberate conspiracy to forcefully capture what rightfully and legally belongs to him.

Agbamuche wondered why unsubstantiated claims against him would be peddled from an official source of the commission, an institution that should have records to verify contract related issues.

He further discountenanced narratives that his companies fronted for a serving senator to secure the contracts.

“For emphasis, let me reinstate that I have been bidding for jobs and executing the ones won with all diligence long before the Senator they are struggling so hard to attach me to get to the National Assembly. For the record, I have never been to the National Assembly; the security agencies can please check the CCTV recordings of their premises to confirm this,” Agbamuche added.

“The said contract for the supply of chairs was advertised on national dailies where I came across it. Companies’ managements bided differently as a common practice to improve chances in the highly competitive bid process. Jobs were won and satisfactorily executed. Certificates of job completion were duly issued afterwards and payments were made.

“According to the dictates of the awards, all contractors were meant to lease warehouses for a certain period for the purpose of warehousing the goods with the supervision of NDDC officials because the commission’s Warehouse could not contain the supplies.

“Mine was not different; we leased a warehouse to store those items under strict supervisions of commission’s officials until they personally distributed goods by themselves. Records are there. The recent baseless allegations that could easily be verified from official files in their possession are therefore appalling.

“Perhaps the commission’s official who alluded to those lies should have waited to come out of isolation to verify his statement.

“The Delta State angle is another outright lie. The last set of jobs any of my companies executed for Delta State government was around 2006, during the tenure office Chief Ibori.

“The completion of the magistrate court at Ibusa Road, Asaba should be the last. Such durable delivery attests to our track record. Our glowing records with multinationals and MDGs should therefore not be tainted with unfounded speculations. I did not supply plastic chairs to Delta state nor involved in the sale of any. This can be verified, easily.

Again, he pleaded with those involved in the controversies rocking the commission to leave him out of their diatribes and cold war.

He noted that he has responsibilities to the Akwukwu Igbo kingdom that demands unassailable public records that he has carefully built.

The High Chief warned that this “satanic drag must stop,” adding that he may be forced to seek redress against any official who acts as a stubborn fly.

 

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