- Senator Godwill Akpabio has been urged to step aside to allow a proper investigation into the allegations against him by the former managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)
- The call was made by a group, Emerging Leaders Forum of Nigeria (ELFON)
- According to the group, Akpabio and his interim management committee of the NDDC should make themselves available for the probe by the National Assembly
A group has called for a thorough investigation into the allegation levelled against the minister of Niger Delta Development Commission, Godswill Akpabio, by a former managing director of the commission, Joy Nunieh.
The group, Emerging Leaders Forum of Nigeria (ELFON), on Sunday, July 19, expressed displeasure on plans to scuttle democracy in Nigeria and the fight against corruption campaign through the bickering within the ministry.
Speaking on behalf of the group, the national president of ELFON, Godstime Samuel, said the action by members of the National Assembly to probe the NDDC over alleged financial misappropriation in the commission is a welcome development.
While encouraging the lawmakers on the probe, Samuel said the group is fully in support of forensic auditing of activities in NDDC.
Samuel said: “We condemn every action that tends to intimidate members of the house committee and the witness as invited to give evidence before it, having the case of Joy Nunieh been a very good example.”
“How do Niger Deltans and Nigeria reconcile the report that NDDC MD Professor Podei was proud to say they used N10 billion to take care of themselves as palliative?" Samuel queried.
The group further recommended that the scholarship funds traced to the account of one of the executive directors of the NDDC be returned immediately.
“When did he become CBN? More painful is the fact that he also collected estacode for a journey never made,” he added.
In its recommendations, the group also called on Akpabio and his interim management committee of the NDDC to make themselves available for the probe.
“We call on the Minister of Niger Delta to honourably step aside, otherwise we call on the President to apply the Public Service rule and suspend Senator Akpabio to give room for an unhindered investigation by the National Assembly as in the case of Magu,” Samuel said.
In addition, the group commended the Federal Government for steps taken to open Schools and to Conduct WAEC in September.
It also urged FG to shun the call by ASUU to shut schools till 2021.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that staff of the National Assembly arrived work on Monday, July 20, to meet scores of security personnel stationed at the complex.
The complex and its vicinity was beefed up with security operatives ahead of an appearance of Akpabio before the committee of the House of Representatives on the NDDC.
The commission is currently engulfed in a series of allegations bordering on financial corruption to the tune of N40 billion.