The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio said
yesterday the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) received over
N15 trillion in the last 19 years, with no tangible project on ground
to justify the huge funds.
Akpabio who wondered why the National Assembly is bent on probing only
five months’ activities in the commission faulted the inquest into the
financial activties of the Commission between February and July 2020
instead of embarking on a comprehensive probe of the interventionist
agency’s 19 years of existence.
Senator Akpabio, who made the remark when he played host to officials
of the Rivers State chapter of Independent Petroleum Marketers
Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, Thursday, in Abuja, emphasised that
selected probe would not address the corruption in the commission.
Akpabio, however, assured Niger Delta citizens and entire Nigerians
that the outcome of the ongoing forensic audit would expose the
magnitude of rots at the Commission.
According to him, “In the quest to reposition the Niger Delta
Development Commission, (NDDC), and bring development and succor to
the region, you will never walk alone. That is what I think out of
NDDC. And I am very excited about it.
The Minister said, “Things have started so fast that I have started
wondering that is it that the voices have been drown? Is it that the
voices of the masses are wearing now? Is it because of the mask we are
wearing now? Nigerians and Niger Deltans can no longer talk?
Or is it that I am a mad man, who has seen the reason to move the
region forward. Is it that people are not aware that NDDC for instance
has existed for the past 20 years.