Senate on Tuesday denied claims that its members received N20 million each as COVID-19 palliative from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
NDDC’s Interim Management Committee (IMC) director of projects, Cairo Ojougboh, had in an interview in one of the dailies, alleged that the Commission gave N20 million to each senator and N15 million to each House of Representatives member as palliatives.
Reacting, the Senate in a statement signed by its Spokesperson, Senator Ajibola Basiru, challenged the NDDC to provide proof or retract the statement and apologise.
The statement reads: “The Senate views with grave concern a statement credited to Dr Cairo Ojougboh, Executive Director, Projects of the NDDC who alleged that NASS members received varying sums of money as COVID – 19 palliative
“The Senate hereby disclaims the allegation in its entirety.
“The Senate categorically denies that any Senator collected the sum of N20 million or any sum whatsoever from NDDC as COVID relief fund or for any purpose whatsoever.
“The Senate challenges Dr Ojougboh to publicly provide evidence of his claim and list the names of the Senators he allegedly gave the alleged sum.
“Failure to provide evidence of his claim, the Senate hereby demands immediate retraction and public apology from Dr Cairo Ojougboh.”