Recently, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) came into the news with allegations and counter allegations among officials in the commission.
The NDDC was set up by the Federal Government to develop the Niger Delta region.
But, it appears there have been cases of financial misappropriation among officials who have been overseeing the affairs of the NDDC.
This came to limelight lately when the National Assembly committee started probing a sum of N4Obillion that was allegedly missing under the watch of the former Interim Management Committee between February and May 2020.
There have been allegations against the former Managing Director of the NDDC, Joy Nunieh.
But Joy Nunieh said the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, should be the one to ask.
The issue has since degenerated into more of ‘ridiculous' allegations of sexual harassment and all that.
But, the good news is that President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated interest in the crisis rocking the NDDC.
Many might have forgotten that in October 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari himself had ordered a forensic audit of the commission’s activities from 2001 to 2019.
A few weeks ago, the president extended the tenure of the committee till December 2020.
Buhari said what was on ground in the Niger Delta does not justify the resources being allocated for the NDDC.
See the report:
Today, after seeing what has been playing out as far as the NDDC is concerned, the President spoke again for the first time.
Buhari wants speedy and coordinated investigation in the NDDC.
He sent clear messages to security and investigating agencies working with the National Assembly to be cordinated so as to get to the root of the problem undermining the development of the Niger Delta and its peoples in spite of the enormous national resources voted year after year for this singular purpose.
If the President is repeating this again, we all know he is actually interested in knowing why the Niger Delta region is yet to develop as expected, even with the a ministry and a commission.
Buhari has also directed auditing firms and investigative agencies working with the National Assembly Committees to resolve the challenges facing the NDDC.
They were told to initiate actions in a time-bound manner and to duly inform the Presidency of actions being taken by them in this regard.
See the statement:
What this means is that Buhari is interested in knowing who and who has been responsible for alleged funds mismanagement in the NDDC.
Buhari wants to know what the funds being allocated are being spent on.
With this, if anybody is found culpable, Buhari will not shield such a person. He is a man of integrity, who believes in the rule of law.
The President is yet to take any step on the allegations in the NDDC as of today. This is because no fact has been established. He is a man who will not conclude without having enough evidence.
With his reaction today, we can all rest assured that sanity will come to the NDDC soon and the desired developments, we will all begin to witness.
God bless President Muhammadu Buhari.
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