Jackrich Petitions NASS, For Being Sidelined In NDDC Palliative Distribution

Chief Sobomabo Jackrich, the Chairman of Palliative Distribution Committee of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has petitioned National Assembly over alleged embezzlement in the commission.

Accusing the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of embezzling N6.2billion, Jackrich said he was not only pushed aside but was sidelined during the distributions of items and spending of money.

Jackrich in a 12-paragraph petition dated August 3rd, 2020 was separately addressed to the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila.

Explaining that the money was different from the initial N1.5 billion, Jackrich, in his petition said that the money was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari in April for procurement and distribution of palliatives to residents of the nine states covered by the commission.

In his petition, Jackrich demanded for Investigation over alleged misappropriation and diversion of the money, adding that Kemebradikumo Pondei led IMC, pushed him aside as Chairman of Palliatives Distribution Committee when the money was to be spent.

The petition reads in part: “As the chairman of the Palliatives Distribution Committee, I can not account for the Palliatives as my Committee was sidelined just because I as the Chairman demanded for ACCOUNTABILITY and TRANSPARENCY in the processes as well as value for money with respect to the Palliatives. 

“That I was handed the template for the distribution of the Palliatives wherein it was indicated that Nine Trucks of food items will be distributed to each of the Nine states in the region. 

“However, the IMC hijacked the entire process. They called and handed me with few bags of rice and beans just to induce me to play along with them giving the false impression that the process was successful. 

“This appears to me as a coverup plot. Most of the food items that they claimed to have distributed were spoilt and unhealthy for human consumption.”

Reacting, a principal officer in the Senate, who declined to be mentioned, told Daily Independent that the petition is belated since the Senate has already presented its report and taken a position.