We are in fats settlement with the demands of the Governors of the South-South States for the instantaneous inauguration of the Governing Board of the Niger Delta Vogue Rate (NDDC) to bustle the company in accordance with the NDDC Act. We are ecstatic that the Governors of the Niger Delta states maintain now spoken out in opposition to the convoluted manipulations of the NDDC by the Niger Delta Minister Chief Godswill Akpabio, who has employed every excuse to bustle the NDDC treasure his personal property.
It is correct to know that the assembly was attended by the Governor of Rivers Remark, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike; the Governor of Edo Remark, Godwin Obaseki; Governor of Bayelsa Remark, Senator Douye Diri and the Deputy Governor of Akwa-Ibom Remark, Mr Moses Ekpo, who represented Governor Emmanuel Udom, and Governor Okowa.
We now maintain always talked about that for the reason that imposition of illegal period in-between managements by Akpabio in October 2019, fraud, financial recklessness and mismanagement maintain become the mutter of the day, namely for the reason that period in-between managements need to not beholden to anybody but Akpabio.
Delta Remark Governor and Chairman of the South South Governors Forum, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, acknowledged, the operating of the NDDC in over a year by an Intervening time Caretaker Committee, and now, an period in-between administrator is worrisome because it would not augur properly for the of us of the Niger Delta as opportunity for all States to be represented as they wants to be represented in the board of the NDDC would not exist. “So, it methodology that the NDDC is without a doubt bustle in this kind of formula that it is in fact not in fact priceless to our of us, on myth of there are no stakeholders input in the operating of the affairs of the NDDC.”
As the Governors further acknowledged: “We feel already instant modified as a of us in the Niger Delta and we take into consideration that we create not are looking for to peer this extra or less verbalize proceed going forward into the long bustle, on myth of our of us feel the danger, we create not desire a verbalize where there could be an abuse of processes, neither ought to aloof we’ve a verbalize where we’ve abuse of funds.
“We predict about that it is most effective for both the nation, for the states of the Niger Delta and for the of us of the Niger Delta when the due job is followed by the reconstitution of the board and furthermore in reconstituting the board, that the reconstituted funds ought to aloof advance in and maintain funds to speak as per the law.”
The brand new impasse on the NDDC is one that the federal authorities needlessly induced via the meddlesomeness of Akpabio who wished to maintain personal modify of the NDDC for his personal abet. In his desire to hijack the NDDC, the minister sold the postulate of appointing an Intervening time Administration Committee which he can modify despite the nomination of a Governing Board, which was duly nominated by the president and cleared by the Senate in accordance with the NDDC Act.
President Muhamnadu Buhari had in speak of his constitutional powers forwarded to the Senate for affirmation, the appointment of a 16 – member board of the Niger Delta Vogue Rate (NDDC) by strategy of a letter dated 18th October, 2019, in my idea signed by him.
Particularly, President Buhari in the letter sought the Senate’s affirmation for Dr Pius Odubu, aged Edo Remark Deputy Governor as chairman of the NDDC, Chief Bernard Okumagba as Managing Director and 14 others as members of its board.
The president’s letter read: “In step with the present of Piece 2(2)(a) of the Niger Delta Vogue Rate (NDDC) (Institution) Act, 2000, I write to forward, for affirmation by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the under listed nominees for appointment into the NDDC board, to fetch the positions indicated in opposition to their names.” President Buhari, in the letter, expressed hope that “the Senate can maintain in solutions and make particular the nominees in the same old expeditious formula”.
Accordingly, the written question, which was read on the flooring of the Senate on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 by its President, Ahmad Lawan, was given expeditious consideration by the upper legislative chamber, which directed its Standing Committee on Niger Delta, to conceal your total nominees and file again inner per week. The Senate screened and confirmed the appointments of 15 out of the 16 nominees on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, in accordance to the file tabled earlier than it by the Committee on Niger Delta.
We make stronger the legit are waiting for of Niger Delta stakeholders that President Muhammadu Buhari ought to aloof create the requisite to position in verbalize the board of the NDDC in accordance with the NDDC Act to modify the Rate for the abet of the of us of the Niger Delta states.
Within the last 18 months (since October 2019), the NDDC has had three Intervening time Managements all appointed by Akpabio. The principle was headed by Joi Nunieh, the 2d by Prof Daniel Pondei, and the third is the Intervening time Sole Administrator in the person of Effiong Okon Akwa, a aged personal aide of Akpabio when he was Governor of Akwa Ibom Remark between 2007 and 2015.
Effiong Okon Akwa was furthermore Special Assistant on Finance to a aged NDDC MD (Bassey Dan-Abia). If, certainly, the postulate is to supervise a credible forensic audit from its inception to 2019, which furthermore covers the period of the Dan-Abia regime in NDDC (2013-2015), then Mr Effiong Akwa clearly can not be the horny person to supervise the conclusion of the forensic audit of the NDDC.
It furthermore exposes the folly in the total excuse of having the audit earlier than inaugurating the Governing Board. As we’ve acknowledged previously, there could be nowhere that a Governing Board of a public company in Nigeria has been site apart for the honest of conducting an exterior audit, not even when the new Buhari Administration audited all earnings incomes companies along side the NNPC and the NPA between 2016 and 2017.
Below Akpabio and his Intervening time Managements, over N400 billion has been squandered without a viewed mission to illustrate for it in any of the Niger Delta states. Even the NDDC head verbalize of job building, which is being commissioned, was over-invoiced.
The brand new tension in the Niger Delta is attributable to how Akpabio has monopolised the operating of the NDDC and frittered away its sources. The Niger Delta of us deserve better. Mr President ought to aloof imprint the choice of the of us, conclude this period in-between administrator imposition and build in verbalize the substantive Governing Board of the NDDC, to return the company to the path of law, huge illustration, checks and balances, probity, equity and accountability for the Niger Delta of us.
Comrade Damian Nwikinaka is the nationwide chairman of the Niger Delta Renaissance Coalition.
This deliver is promotrd by the Niger Delta Renaissance Coalition.