- Governors from the south-south have given their support to a forensic audit of the NDDC
- The governors also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for ordering investigations into the commission
- Ifeanyi Okowa, the chairman of the south-south governors' forum, condemned what it called the attempted abduction of former acting managing director of the commission, Joy Nunieh
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The south-south governors' forum has declared its full support for the forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari.
TVC reports that the forum said it was convinced that the audit would serve to put the NDDC on a sound corporate governance footing and reposition it to better deliver on its mandate.
Legit.ng gathered that the governors also gave full backing to the ongoing investigation of the commission by the Senate, according to a statement by the chairman of the forum and governor of Delta state, Ifeanyi Okowa.
The governors, however, condemned what it called the attempted abduction of former acting managing director of the commission, Joy Nunieh, in the early hours of Thursday, July 16, saying it was unwarranted.
Legit.ng had previously reported that amid the crisis rocking the NDDC, President Muhammadu Buhari gave directives for better coordination among security and investigating agencies with the National Assembly to bring about sanity in the system.
The president urged the concerned stakeholders to ensure that the administration’s effort to bring transparency and accountability to the management of the large number of resources dedicated to the development of the Niger Delta sub-region is not derailed.
Meanwhile, a group, Peoples Alliance for Indigenous Rights (PAIR), has expressed concern over the conduct of Nunieh, the former managing director of the NDDC.
The group said the incidences witnessed in the last few days, especially the conduct of Nunieh is “a show of shame, prompted by wild allegations.”
The group at a briefing in Abuja on Thursday, July 16, further described the conduct of Nunieh as “overly dramatic and staged managed.”
Iriogbe Emmanuel, the coordinator of the group and James Okoronkwo, national secretary, called on the House of Representatives and Ms Nunieh to allow the forensic audit ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari to go on, rather than engaging in media trial.
According to the duo, “Ms Nunieh has weaponised kidnap and sexual harassment in order to score some political mileage.”
Meanwhile, Nunieh has alleged that the Niger Delta minister, Godswill Akpabio, committed a criminal offence punishable by life imprisonment.
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