The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N722.3 million for eight field forensic auditors to audit the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio made this known on Wednesday after the virtual FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to Akpabio, the payment of the money would come directly from the Presidency, since the National Assembly is still on break and the 2020 budget for the NDDC has not been passed.
It was learnt that the field auditors will also probe the 12,000 abandoned projects in the Niger Delta.
Recently, the NCDC was in the news over allegations of corruption in the award of contracts and the non-payment of Nigerian scholars under the payroll of the commission which made the National Assembly set up panels to probe the activities of the agency.
The lawmakers had invited Akpabio and the Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Professor Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei.
While Pondei fainted during the public hearing, Akpabio accused lawmakers of benefitting from most contracts awarded by the commission and later revealed their names. Although the accused lawmaker had since denied the allegation.