By; ISAAC ODEH, Kaduna
Denial continues to trail the allegations of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) that the Commission was coerced into making underserved payments to some companies and contractors.
One of the listed companies in the NDDC allegations, Collincrystal Energy on Tuesday vehemently denied the allegation.
‘’Collincrystal prides on its integrity and timely completion of awarded contracts. The company does not need any coercion of the National Assembly to get paid’’ a statement by the company’s Head of Project, Mr. Austin Onoje Onokurefe, said.
The company called the allegation spurious, unfounded and baseless.
‘’Collincrystal will go to any length to defend its name which had been built on merit over the years’’ Onokurefe categorically stated.
‘’The company is noted for quick and timely completion of projects among other major companies. Any attempt to tarnish the good name of the company may attract legal actions’’ the statement added.
In the same vein, a major construction company, Webster Global Ventures Limited, at the weekend described its inclusion in the list of companies allegedly coerced to be paid by the National Assembly as a deliberate effort to destroy the company’s reputation.
The company described the statement credited to the Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Prof. Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei as false, inaccurate, and misleading.
In a statement made available to journalists in Lagos, the company said that the National Assembly never influenced any payment made to the company by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
In the words of the Director of Operations of the Company, Mr. Opeolu Adarae: ‘’we are a company of international repute. No one should dent our image. The National Assembly never influenced any payment made to our company, because we completed all projects handled by us. We have been in existence for 20 years. We have never been involved in fraud. Nobody gave us recommendations. The company does not have any business with the National Assembly. The Executive Director, Project of the NDDC, Dr. Cairo Ojuogboh inspected the project we completed and certified it’’
The company further urged the management of the Commission (NDDC) to count Webster Global Ventures Limited out of the ongoing saga with the National Assembly.