The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has issued a warning about fraudulent activities carried out by scammers who are forging its website to deceive unsuspecting members of the public. In a statement released by the NDDC Director of Corporate Affairs, Dr. Ibitoye Abosede, the commission revealed that these fraudsters are offering fake contract opportunities.
The statement clarifies that the latest scam involves a communication between the fraudsters and a US-based company, falsely claiming that a ‘Contract Award Committee’ within the Commission is processing tenders for jobs. The fraudulent letter mentions the former Chairman of the Governing Board as the committee’s chairman, and another communication advises the company to contact Mr. Charles Ogunmola, the Project Director. However, the actual Executive Director of Projects, Mr. Ogunmola, is not involved in this communication, and the phone number provided by the fraudsters does not belong to him.
The NDDC strongly disclaims the fake document and its contents, stating that it did not originate from the Commission or any of its officials. The agency emphasizes that contract awards follow due process stipulated by the Procurement Act, and successful bidders receive award letters issued on security paper with a serial number and QR code, signed by the Director of Procurement. No contract award letters come from any other official.
The public is urged to cross-check any purported letter of contract award with the Procurement Department of the Commission to avoid falling victim to scams. The NDDC also warns against a fake website, [nddcprojectsandsupplies.org], which impersonates the official NDDC website, offering various services and opportunities related to projects, contracts, and payments. The official NDDC website is [www.nddc.gov.ng], and it has a secure connection and a verified domain name.
The NDDC reiterates that it does not solicit or accept any form of payment from the public for its projects or programs. The public is advised to report any suspicious or fraudulent activities to the appropriate authorities, and the NDDC expresses confidence that the security agencies will apprehend the fraudsters responsible for tarnishing the Commission’s name and reputation.
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