- The appointment of Mr. Effiong Okon Akwa as the interim administrator of the NDDC continues to generate reactions
- An influential group in the Niger Delta region have written an open letter to the president concerning the appointment
- The group also commended the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio for steadying the ship at the NDDC
A group, Niger Delta Change Ambassadors, have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Mr. Effiong Okon Akwa as the interim administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
In an open letter sent to the president dated Sunday, December 13, and seen by Legit.ng, the group noted that the appointment of Akwa:
“Will reunite all stakeholders in the Niger Delta region after the turbulent period that characterised the administration of Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei.”
The group also praised the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio for:
“Providing effective and unbiased leadership at a time the former leader of the interim management committee lost control of the NDDC.”
It said insinuations from some quarters that the appointment of Akwa was as a relative to Senator Akpabio was false.
The group also dismissed threats by some groups in the Niger Delta region asking President Buhari to reverse his decision to appoint Akwa to oversee the NDDC.
Part of the letter read:
“We thank you Mr. President for appointing a competent man to oversee the affairs of the NDDC for the time being.
“We, the Niger Delta Change Ambassadors comprising over 20 influential civil society groups in the Niger Delta region are satisfied with the appointment of Mr. Effiong Okon Akwa.
“Mr. Akwa's experience and competence are needed at a time like this in the NDDC and we commend Mr. President for appointing him.
“Akwa's experience as a chartered accountant and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria will come in handy in addressing knotty issues faced by the NDDC at the moment.
“We also commend the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, for his determination to carry on with the forensic audit of the commission.
“We note that for the NDDC to truly move forward, there must be concrete efforts to address the controversial issues of the past which almost brought the commission to its knees due to the monumental corruption witnessed in the past.
“We urge Mr. President to ignore threats of violence in the Niger Delta by faceless groups claiming to be ex-militants. These cowardly groups are threatened because they can no longer feed fat off the NDDC.
“On our part, we will begin the massive mobilisation of Niger Delta youths across the six states of the region to sensitive young people that we are about to witness new dawn in the NDDC with the commitment and patriotism of Senator Akpabio and Mr. Akwa.”
Legit.ng had earlier reported that President Buhari approved the appointment of Akwa as an interim administrator to oversee the affairs of the NDDC.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina on Saturday, December 12.
Recall that a Federal High Court in Abuja recently granted an order to investigate the five members of the now-dissolved NDDC interim management committee over allegations of N3 billion contract fraud.
In suit number, ABJ/CS/617/2020, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, restrained the affected officials from parading themselves as board members of the NDDC.
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