Group berates Akpabio over NDDC controversy, calls for minister's suspension

Group berates Akpabio over NDDC controversy, calls for minister's suspension

- Senator Godswill Akpabio is still facing backlash for his actions as the minister of Niger Delta affairs

- A group, Transparency Advocacy for Development Initiative (TADI), has joined those calling for the minister's resignation

- The group also called for the suspension of the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission

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A group, Transparency Advocacy for Development Initiative (TADI), has called for the suspension of the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

The group made the demand in a press statement sent to journalists on Monday, August 17, and signed by its executive director, Ambassador Yomi David.

The group also called for the suspension of the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, “for gross misconduct, mismanagement, fraud and corruption.”

Group berates Akabio over NDDC controversy, calls for minister's suspension

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TADI further urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “constitute a proper NDDC board, as well as removing NDDC from the supervision of the minister of Niger Delta affairs, in order to reposition the commission to carry out the mandate of meaningful development of the Niger Delta region.”

The group accused the minister of making unguided comments, “aimed at shifting blame of his arrant financial misappropriation and gross executive recklessness at the epicentre of the scrutiny by the National Assembly.”

“We are worried that instead of Senator Akpabio concentrating on his core mandate as the minister of Niger Delta affairs, he has simply resolved to pettiness, blackmail, mudslinging and all sorts of divertive and divisive tendencies to distract the investigative panel from unravelling fraudulent activities in the NDDC.

“The ministry of Niger Delta affairs under Senator Akpabio, has been suffering immense neglect, as he cannot point to any achievement thus far. Even the East-West road in the Niger Delta region has been abandoned by the ministry.

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“Worst still, the minister has become a lord unto himself by creating an unconducive attitude and atmosphere, thus making oversight by the National Assembly over the NDDC and the ministry of Niger Delta affairs, a herculean task,” the group noted.

Similarly, a non-governmental organisation, Centre for Good Governance (CGG) called for the sacking of Akpabio and Professor Daniel Pondei, the acting managing director of the NDDC.

The group expressed this in a statement by its head of research and documentation, Douglas Azubuike.

The group also alleged that a member of the Aso Rock cabal has been shielding Akpabio from being sacked by the president.

“President Muhammadu Buhari is known globally as an anti-corruption czar and a man with integrity who wouldn't condone any act of financial malfeasance from anyone, let alone, a cabinet member in his government.

“The right thing must be done to ameliorate the sufferings of the people of the region,” part of the statement read.

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