BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – Following the damning revelations of fraud and other sleazes allegedly committed by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio and the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), President Muhammadu Buhari has directed for a speedy investigation into allegations of corruption in the Commission.
The President specifically directed auditing firms and investigative agencies, working in collaboration with the National Assembly committees, to speedily conclude investigations into the sordid allegations.
These were contained in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu in which he quoted the President as having said that his administration remain determined to get to the root of the problem undermining the development of the Niger Delta, despite the enormous resources invested by the Federal Government over the years.
Shehu also said that the President in reacting to the unfolding drama that has witnessed attacks and counter attacks as well as accusations betweena and amongst the dramatis personae involved in the Commission and other institutions, expressed strong determination to get to the root of the problem undermining the development of the Niger Delta and its peoples in spite of enormous national resources voted year after year for this singular purpose.
According to Shehu; “The President also directed timely sharing of information and knowledge in a way to speedily assist the administration to diagnose what had gone wrong in the past and what needs to be done to make corrections in order to return the NDDC to its original mandate of making life better for people in Niger Delta.
“The President gave the firm assurance that his administration would put in place a transparent and accountable governance framework, not only in the NDDC but in all other institutions of government.”
The NDDC is presently going through a frenzy as a result of the exposure of the financial sleaze taking place in which the former acting Managing Director, Joi Nunieh has pointedly accused the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Akpabio of cornering contracts and siphoning money directly from the commission.
She also accused Akpabio of sexually harassing her, a development that led to her slapping him at his guest house in Apo district of Abuja.