BY ADEBIYI ADEDAPO,
The Act for Positive Transformation Initiative (ACT), a civil society organisation has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to freeze the account of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and suspend all further spending in the commission, to avoid further financial recklessness.
The head, Directorate of Research, Strategy and Programme at ACT, Mr. Johnson Kolawale, made the call at a press conference yesterday in Abuja.
He alleged that plans were ongoing to make fraudulent expenditures by top officials in the commission.
Kolawale revealed that the commission had continued to spend funds against due process and against the directive of the president.
According to him, the commission squandered additional N9 billion in the last one month.
“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Assembly and genuine security and anti-corruption agency to immediately freeze the accounts of the commission and apprehend everyone involved in the continuous scandalous pillaging of the agency’s treasury.
“It gladdens the heart to note that some of the commission’s officials are already refunding part of their loot to government’s recovery coffer.
“The Presidency also preemptively disowned the commission’s management over the latter’s impunity in extra-budgetary spending yet ongoing.
“However, decisive steps must be taken urgently to end the audacious and unprecedented looting under a government that professes to be fighting corruption”.