- A youth group has declared its support for a forensic audit of the activities of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)
- The Ijaw Youth Council said an audit of the commission will expose those behind all the corrupt activities in NDDC
- The group also called for support for the minister of Niger Delta Affairs Godwill Akpabio and President Muhammadu Buhari
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The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has thrown its weight behind the forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The president of the group, Timothy Igbifa, said the forensic audit should be allowed to go on as it will reveal the identity of those responsible for the corruption in the commission.
Igbifa condemned the media trial of the acting managing director of the NDDC, Kemebradikumo Pondei, and the Interim Management Committee (IMC).
He urged Nigerians to support the forensic audit being carried out by the NDDC.
‘’This is the first time in history that a financial pipeline analysis of this magnitude is being carried out in the commission," Igbifa said.
He noted that the people of the Niger Delta region and the entire Nigerians are waiting patiently for the outcome of the audit.
According to him, the audit will expose those who have been responsible for crippling the development of the Niger Delta region.
Also speaking, the spokesperson for the group, Ebilade Ekerefe, admonished the IMC to avoid the pitfalls other leaders from the region had fallen into.
Ekerefe said: "The whole of Niger Delta is depending on you, and calling on you to introduce reforms to transform the NDDC so that it can transparently deliver on its mandate, become more accountable, reduce corruption and bring speedy development to the Niger Delta."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that Pondei would not be appearing before the House Committee on NDDC for further probe.
Gbajabiamila's decision followed the health challenges suffered by Pondei before the panel probing the alleged fraudulent activities within the NDDC.
According to the speaker, the committee can make use of the documents presented by Pondei on Monday, July 20, to carry out its investigation and further take necessary actions on the matter.
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