NDDC: Niger Delta Group Warns Buhari Against Extending Pondei’s Tenure

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As the tenure of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), headed by Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei nears its end, the South-South Reawakening Group, has cautioned against extension of the tenure of the controversial Committee.

Convener of the group, Joseph Ambakederimo, made the call in a statement made available to Ijaw News, while accusing members of the Committee of working to influence the extension of their stay in office.

According to the statement; “it has become public knowledge that humougeous amount of money is been ferried to Abuja on a daily basis to ostensibly bribe aides of the President for them to influence the extension of their stay in office”.

“Another trick in the books being employed by the IMC is the late commencement of the field audit to surreptitiously put forward as the reason for the extension of their tenure when in the actual fact the substantive board is better positioned to oversee this forensic audit that was ordered by the President,” the statement added.

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“As of now the IMC is deeply enmeshed in many scandals of which the two Chambers of the NASS has indicted the IMC and all of them are presently been investigated by the ICPC and EFCC. Going further the rethorical question to ask is will the report of the forensic audit capture all of the atrocious underhand dealings of the IMC even when the IMC is been indicted by many government institutions.

“Minister Godswill Akpabio and his IMC have done irreparable damage to the NDDC than any other board since the inception of the NDDC. The damage they have done would become irreversible if their lobby for extension of their tenure is granted. Therefore the President should be weary and be watchful of his aides and not to give in to any such pressure for approval for a tenure extension of this illegal contraption.”

It added that “the President needs to feel the anger of the people of the region and inaugurate the substantive board of the NDDC to give the establishment a breath of fresh air.

“For us in the South South Reawakening Group, we saw through this IMC scheme as a medium to syphon the resources of the Commission for personal gains. Right now we are asking the IMC including the Minister to explain how and where is the source of all of these monies they are ferring to Abuja.

The group maintained that “the wrong of instituting the IMC in the first place must be corrected by ways of the President walking a fine line to ensure the inauguration the substantive board that will usher in a breath of fresh air.”

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