The Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission has not been dissolved, the Presidency disclosed on Friday.

This new development occurred as a result of recent calls by the National Assembly for the dissolution of the committee and the return of the NDDC to the Presidency for direct supervision, The Punch reports.

Meanwhile, the Senate ad hoc committee set up to unravel the alleged financial recklessness of the IMC to the tune of tens of billions of naira on Thursday lamented the extra-budgetary spending of the IMC, as it prompted President Buhari to dissolve the committee. The House of Representatives is also currently probing alleged corruption in the NDDC.

the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, responded to the claims, saying there was nothing like the IMC dissolving, due to the calls by the legislature.

While reacting to the claims, Adesina made comments in a statement on Friday titled, ‘Fake News On NDDC Attributed to Me.’

He said, “A statement purportedly signed by me has been making the rounds that the Federal Government has dissolved the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC.

“Merchants of fake news in action. The communication did not emanate from the media office of the President. Please ignore.”

The President had in October 2019 set up a three-man committee “to create the enabling environment for the forensic audit” that covers 18 years of NDDC’s operations between 2001- 2019.