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The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has called on the National Assembly to check abuses of the budgeting procedures of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Akpabio made the call on Friday while making a presentation at the National Assembly Investigative hearing into the affairs of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the NDDC.

He noted that there were instances that money budgeted for the agency was drastically and illegally reduced by some members of the National Assembly.

The minister canvassed for a governance structure to regulate the operations of the commission.

Akpabio maintained that a forensic audit of the NDDC was the best way to clear the rot in the commission, while calling on all stakeholders including the National Assembly to support the efforts of the presidency in ensuring that the money appropriated for the NDDC is used for the people of the Niger Delta.

On his part, the chairman of the Senate ad-hoc committee, Senator Olubunmi Adetunbi, stated that the essence of the investigation was to ensure “the commonwealth of Niger Delta works for the people of the Niger Delta.”

He promised that at the end of the investigation, all guilty parties will be brought to book.


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