- The presidency has reacted to claims of the dissolution of the NDDC's IMC
- The reaction came from Femi Adesina, a presidential aide, on Friday, July 24
- Adesina said that the report is false and not from the presidency
Femi Adesina, the special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, has debunked claims that the presidency has dissolved the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Adesina on Friday, July 24, described the report as the handiwork of merchants of fake news, Channels TV reports.
The presidential media aide, therefore, called on Nigerians to disregard the news and stressed that it did not come from the presidency.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that as the probe into the NDDC hit the potent point, President Buhari had been urged to sack the committee led by Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei.
The Senate called for the IMC dissolution during a plenary on Thursday, July 23, after the probe panel led by Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi said it discovered various financial infractions and reckless spendings in the account of the commission.
The upper legislative chamber also recommended that the NDDC should be relocated back to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) for proper supervision.
"In conclusion, the Committee noted that it is difficult to find a correlation between Niger Delta community development and cash invested in the zone.
"Continued cash injection in the Niger Delta challenge issue has not worked under the various IMCs.
“It may be useful at this juncture for the Government to intervene by stepping down the EIMC (Executive Interim Management Committee), thereby helping them leave the stage for a properly constituted board with a specific mandate to address the pains of the Niger Delta people," part of the submission of the probe panel read.
In a related post, Legit.ng reported that the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, had denied saying that most NDDC contracts were awarded to lawmakers.
Akpabio had been accused of alleging that 60% of the contracts in the commission was awarded to lawmakers.
However, in his submission on Thursday, July 23, before the House of Representatives, the minister stated that he only mentioned the percentage in response to a question directed at him by a member of the committee.
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