A cross-section of Niger-Deltans saddened by the goings-on at the Niger-Delta Development Commission, NDDC, weekend, notified President Muhammadu Buhari that a powerful cabal in Abuja connected to the Presidency was still holding the interventionist agency by the balls, despite the resignation of Senator Godswill Akpabio as Minister of Niger-Delta Affairs.
From Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, and Cross-River to Akwa Ibom states, the stakeholders called Buhari to stop the desperate cabal before it succeeds in its mission of ruining the agency and without much ado, hearken to the cry of the people to inaugurate the governing board of NDDC, screened and approved since 2019 by the Senate.
They explained the cabal has been undermining the oil region and suggested to President Buhari what should be done to give a kiss of life to the rudderless organization.
Publisher of Environment Watch, Elder Braeyi Ekiye, told Saturday Vanguard:
“The ingenious contrivance to get the NDDC administered through the interim administration was a calculated attempt to advance the cause of power brokers in Abuja, whose main interest, together with their collaborators, is to rip the commission clean and dry of its financial allocations, so much so that, it has unfortunately stultified the region’s rapid socio-economic and infrastructural transformation.”
”It is our ardent hope that the ongoing despicable ‘dance of the devil’ in the NDDC in wild celebration of the Forensic Audit Report put away in the coolers would stop forthwith, with the unceremonious departure of Senator Godswill Akpabio, lord of the estate of the Commission.
“As long as this masquerade dance lasts, the dark clouds of the dance shall continue to provide cover for the taskmasters and their comrades-in- arm to scoop remnants of fast depleting financial resources of the interventionist agency.”
Former national president, Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Barrister Eric Omare, who raved on Akpabio, said:
“We Niger Deltans based on verifiable facts strongly believed that Akpabio was responsible for the mismanagement of NDDC in the past three years. Now that he is out of the way, we expect President Buhari to immediately publish the outcome of the forensic audit, and bring those who have embezzled.”
“NDDC resources to book and as a matter of importance, inaugurate the board of the NDDC in line with its establishment Act. However, I doubt if this would be done because the cabal members who have been with Akpabio I do not think are out of government. They may still be in the corridors of power and continue with the NDDC”, he said.