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Lawyer Writes Buhari, Seeks Removal Of Akpabio, Pondei, Ojuogboh

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By Seyiblog | self meida writer
Published 7 months ago - 4680 views

A human rights lawyer in Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Ojeh, on Friday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take steps to remove Senator Godswill Akpabio as Minister of Niger Delta.

“We passionately appeal to Your Excellency to curb the excesses of Mr. Akpabio by relieving him of ministerial duties of the Niger Delta. He has not been a good example for our people. The trending exchange of immoral accusations in the social media which focuses on the minister is a dent on the image of the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

He additionally engaged him to find a way to end the debasement in NDDC by removing Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei and Cairo Ojuogboh from the Interim Management Committee. 

"It will likewise be a correct positive development to find a way to end the debasement in NDDC by removing Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei and Cairo Ojuogboh from the Interim Management Committee." 

In a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari and chief officials of the National Assembly, Ojeh asked Buhari not to permit the Niger Delta Development Commission to use the method of the old Oil Minerals Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC). 

"It is no repudiating that if the Interim Management Committee keeps on taking care of the undertakings of the NDDC in the way contradictory to the battle against defilement and absence of respects to established position, the resultant consequences for the Commission will be more terrible than the dishonorable picture which annihilated its forerunner, the Oil Minerals Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC, whose name got interchangeable with contract trick." 

Ojeh communicated dissatisfaction on the careless disposition of the individuals from the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). 

"We relate to Your Excellency's uncommon position against defilement and feel significantly worried about the ways and habits the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission(NDDC) is executing the significant assignment given to it by Your Excellency. 

"As concerned residents from the undeniable unpredictable Niger Delta Area, we feel obliged to communicate our mistake on the foolish disposition of the individuals from the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)." 

He underscored the goals of the National Assembly Investigative Hearing. 

"The individuals of the Niger Delta Area unequivocally accept that the requests of the Senate and the House of Representatives impromptu boards of trustees are to expel the contrary factors that may bargain the NDDC's respectable crucial lives of the Niger Delta individuals. 

"Additionally, we accept that the insightful hearings of the lower and upper offices of the National Assembly will have the resultant impact of guaranteeing that the huge totals of cash appropriated to the NDDC throughout the years are properly represented by the individuals who have the duty to deal with the basic open trust put in their consideration." 

The Edo based legal counselor said the continuous test of the consumption by the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) was not a witch-chase. 

"It is troubling that the Interim Management Committee has consummated the demonstrations of baffling the significant reason for which it was set up. For example, the Interim Management Committee which should empower the National Assembly's determination and endeavors to reveal insight into the supposed wasting of the incredible total of N40billion (Forty Billion Naira) inside a time of 3 (a quarter of a year is ''crying foul'' that the administrative requests are intended to ''witch-chase'' its individuals and partners." 

He called attention, that the Niger Delta Development Commission was not the individual home of the Minister of Niger Delta and individuals from the Interim Management Committee.

"Your Excellency, it is a general/normal information in the open space that the mandate of the Interim Management Committee incorporate the formation of an 'empowering domain' for the legal review of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and recovery of the Niger Delta Development Commission and get it to work to benefit the Niger Delta Region and its kin."

He described the walkout from the sittings of the National Assembly Inquiries by the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC led by Pondei on Thursday, July 16, 2020, as a big setback for the current fight against corruption in public offices.

“The walk out from the sittings of the National Assembly Inquiries by the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC led by Pondei on Thursday, July 16, 2020, is a big setback for the current fight against corruption in public offices. It was a blatant disregard for the rule of law in a country that is at the forefront of good governance and accountability in Africa.

“We expected the Interim Management Committee led by Pondei to take the centre stage in the fight against corruption and abuse of public funds but it appears the members of the Interim Management Committee embarked upon the latest charade in a vain attempt to deflect attention from an allegation of fraud, stealing and looting of funds in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).”

The legal luminary urged President Buhari not to allow the NDDC to go the way of the defunct Oil Minerals Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC).

Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio with BuhariSenator Godswill Obot Akpabio with Buhari [Presidency]

“It is pertinent that Your Excellency must make it clear in words and conduct that NDDC is not the personal property of the Minister of Niger Delta and members of the Interim Management Committee. The oversight function of the National Assembly as it relates to the NDDC should be encouraged and not rubbished as attempted by the Interim Management Committee. It is hurtful to dismiss accountability, probity and transparency issues in the NDDC,” he said.

“Mr. President, we reiterate our commitment in sharing your vision that the country belongs to us all and must not be destroyed by the few gang members that thrive on corruption,” he added.

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