- SYDF has called on Buhari to open a televised probe of NDDC
- The Niger Delta group said this will enable Nigerians to know those who are stealing from the commission
- Going further, the group also challenged Godswill Akpabio to publish all the names of those who got contracts in the commission
As the scandal rocking the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) continues to fester, a prominent group in the region, Southern Youths Development Forum inc, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to open a televised probe of the commission.
The call was made by the president of the group, Pastor Bassey James, when he addressed some select journalists in Lagos recently.
According to him, this will enable Nigerians to know those who are stealing from the commission.
James added that the money involved is so much that a televised probe will also help the country understand how to guide against future occurrences.
"Today, we are surprised to read from the pages of newspapers and social media of individuals collecting billions without doing anything, contracts are executed on papers, the directors are richer that the region, while the masses are suffering," he said.
Going further, he added that:"We are also calling for the probe to cover fifteen years or more."
The group also challenged the minister of Niger Delta Affairs Godswill Akpabio to publish all the names of contractors, the amount paid so far, job done, states that benefited and more importantly, the state of the jobs.
"We are aware that only few Akwa Ibom people benefited from NDDC, worst all, real natives of the oil-producing communities like Mkpat Enin, Ibeno doesn't get anything because jobs are gotten from those powerful
"Non-indigenes are doing more than eighty percent of the contracts, if you go to NDDC, the indigenes are always in the gates struggling," he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that an anti-corruption activist and chairman of Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum, Comrade Prince Kpokpogri has reacted to the Senate probe of the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Akpabio and the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Comrade Kpokpogri described the move as a caricature and headless task, adding that the IMC is the best thing that has happened to the NDDC since inception.
He said this in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Friday, May 8, while calling on the Niger Delta people to support Senator Akpabio in his quest to clean up the NDDC and position it to better the lives of the Niger Delta people according to the spirit of its creation.
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