COVID-19: FIRM DISCLAIMS RECEIVING N5.5BN FROM NDDC TO SUPPLY PPE
A firm identified as Signora Concepts Services Limited has denied the report claiming it received a N5.5bn contract to supply Coronavirus Personal Protection Equipment to the nine states in the Niger Delta region.
The Signora's Operation Manager, Patrick Ijeomah, dismissed the allegation as false and has urged members of the public to disregard the claims.
The Ijaw Peoples Development Initiatives, in a statement signed by its national president, Ozobo Austin, accused Signora Concepts Services of receiving a contract worth the sum of N5.5bn from NDDC to supply Coronavirus PPEs.
Describing the contract as fraudulent, the group alleged that Signora Concepts Services received the money to procure the PPEs from NDDC through Senator Godswill Akpabio.
"Our company has not been paid nor any of our accounts credited with any money in respect of the contract under COVID-19 contrary to insinuations being circulated in the media," he said.
Ijeomah noted that the commission in question had earlier under a former acting Managing Director, Prof. Nelson Brambaifa, awarded Signora Concepts and 21 other companies contracts on Lassa Fever kits.
He reiterated that his company successfully executed the contract.
"Those items were dully inspected by officials of the commission and distributed to the various communities," he added.
"Some of the materials are still in the warehouse of NDDC till date. Amount paid by a former IMC Acting Managing Director, Dr. Joy Nunich, was N2.9bn, and a balance of N972million is still outstanding."