- A group has come to the defence of the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio
- The minister has come under criticisms in recent times over the appointment of a sole administrator for the NDDC
- The group stated that the appointment of Effiong Akwa was done in line with the act setting up the commission
A group, South-South Emerging Leaders Forum (SELF) have declared that the appointment of Effiong Akwa as the sole administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) was done in line with the act setting up the commission.
In a statement seen by Legit.ng on Monday, December 28 by its national coordinator Barrister Preye Johnson, the group explained that the former governor of Akwa Ibom state should not be cruxified for the decision to sack the IMC or in the appointment of Akwa.
SELF said its critical analysis of the development has revealed that the few persons who are against the recent appointment were doing so for their personal gains.
Recall that the Niger Delta Change Ambassadors recently commended President Buhari for appointing Akwa as the interim administrator of the 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.
The group also praised Akpabio for providing effective and unbiased leadership at a time the former leader of the interim management committee of the NDDC was been accused of fraud.
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.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that a Federal High Court in Abuja recently granted an order to investigate the minister and the five members of the NDDC interim management committee over allegations of N3 billion contract fraud.
In suit number ABJ/CS/617/2020, Justice Mohammed, in a ruling on an application by a Civil Society Organisation, Forum for Accountability and Good Governance, restrained the affected officials from parading themselves as board members of the NDDC.
Kalu declares Justice Ahmed Mohammed also granted leave to the applicant to apply for judicial review for an order of mandamus compelling the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), sued as the 9th defendant in the suit.
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