BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), worldwide has called on the National Assembly to probe the expenditures of what it described as “the illegal Interim Management Committee (IMC), of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), with a view to sanction those culpable for spending the funds of federal government without parliamentary authorization.

This is as the Council commended the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan and the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for barring the illegal interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) from defending the 2019/2020 budget of the Commission.

The IYC called on the House of Representatives to follow the lead that has been provided by the Senate by also barring “the illegal IMC from coming to defend the 2019/2020 NDDC budget.

These were contained in a statement signed by the President of the IYC, Barrister Eric Omare, in which he also stressed that by decision, the Senate has once again demonstrated its capacity to defend the rule of law and democracy in Nigeria.

The IYC recalled that when the NDDC Act was passed in the year 2000, the then President Olusegun Obasanjo refused to assent to the bill as passed by the National Assembly because of the funding provisions.

Barrister Omare said; “However, the National Assembly led by the charismatic Dr. Chuba Okadigbo as Senate President and Hon. Ghali Umar Na’Abah as Speaker of the House of Representatives stood on the side of the people of the Niger Delta region and vetoed the presidential assent and passed the NDDC Act into law and established the NDDC.

“In effect the NDDC is a baby of the National Assembly and we are glad that the present National Assembly lived up to the expectation of the people of the Niger Delta region by coming out to defend the survival of the NDDC.”

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