The ongoing altercation in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has attracted the interest of the governors of the South-South region who on Thursday, July 16, gave their support for the continuation of both the forensic audit and the Senate investigation.
The Niger Delta region comprises of 9 states and the 6 South- South states are all in the region and the NDDC was established for the acceleration of infrastructural development of the Niger Delta region and enhancing the general living conditions of our people of the region.
In a statement yesterday, the chairman of the forum Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta state said he believes the audit will help to put the NDDC on a sound corporate governance footing and also reposition it to better deliver on its mandate.
Dr, Okowa concerning the that forensic audit ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari, went ahead to say that the governors of the region give their full support to the President’s stride.
Governor Okowa speaking further said that the Senate is operating within its oversight functions through the ad hoc committee set up investigate the allegations leveled against the commission and as such everyone involved should respect the Senate oversight function and allow the house committee to work all amount of fairness, transparency and in an equitable manner.
He went ahead to express his desire to see a more functional NDDC that will deliver on its mandate. In his own words, he said “The South-South Governors are desirous to see an NDDC that is fully alive and responsive to its mandate of accelerating infrastructural development of the Niger Delta region and enhancing the general living conditions of our people.
“Hence, we will not hesitate to give our unqualified support to any policy initiative that will make this a reality.
“The Forum wishes to advise the combatants in the current crisis in the NDDC to refrain from utterances and actions that will breach the peace and security of the region”.
The South-South Governors also condemned the attempted arrest of Joi Nunieh, saying it was unwarranted, unnecessary and uncalled for.
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