Senate Committee Clears Umana, Dismisses N480bn Fraud Allegation


The Senate committee on ethics, privileges and public petitions has exonerated the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Umana Okon Umana of alleged misappropriation and illegal sack of workers levelled against him.

The committee described as baseless the petition in which the allegations were made.

Addressing the press in Abuja yesterday, the chairman of the committee, Senator Ayo Akinyelure said the committee had determined that the allegation in the petition that the minister was hatching a plot to misappropriate N480 billion funds of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) was false and baseless.

Akinyelure said the committee has confirmed as earlier explained by the minister that there was no attempt at any wrongful act, but a lawful plan for core regional projects to be included in the amended NDDC 2021/2022 budget as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for a new regional development scheme in the nine states of Niger Delta.

He commended the minister for working to…

Source: Leadership Newspaper