Niger Delta activists protest against downsizing of NDDC Board

A coalition of activists from the Niger Delta under the aegis of Niger Delta Activists Forum, on Monday protested against what they described “the downsizing of the Niger Delta Development Commission
Board as recommended in the forensic audit report.”

They also demanded the publication of the names of those allegedly involved in the abandonment of 13,000 projects in the region over the years, including the immediate constitution of the NDDC Board.

Naijaonpoint Media  reported that the lead forensic auditor, Alhaji Kabir Ahmed, had in a brief overview of the report, said the team recommended managerial as well as structural changes, chief of which was the downsizing of the NDDC Board.

Ahmed said to reduce cost, the team recommended that members of the team should henceforth be appointed on part time basis.

But at a press conference on Monday in Abuja, the President of NDFA, Success Jack and former Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan (Youth Affairs), Jude Imagwe, said such structural changes would have to be extended to other commission if the government should go ahead implementing the recommendation.

“There is a law that established the NDDC and that law still stands with every state and zone duly represented. If we want to go that way with NDDC because it concerns our region, we will equally say that every arm of government or sector or commission should be treated that same way as part time”, the NDAF said.

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Speaking on outcome of the report, the organisation argued that the people in the Niger Delta deserved to know every detail relating to the report as the process was powered with tax payers money.

The NDAF said, “Our people have suffered degradation, water contamination, air pollution and we can’t even farm. It is worrisome that some people decided to cart away with public funds meant for projects that were allocated for the benefits of the people.

“What forensic audit therefore means that there is an in-depth investigation into a matter.

“It is expected that the details should be published and made known to the public. The report is not a private document but a document that covers how tax payers money were spent and tax payers should know what is contained in the report.

“It can only be just, seen to be fair, and it can only stands to represent what it should represent if the president takes a step further as a crusader of anti corruption to publish the names of the every persons and corporate bodies that are indicted in the audit.”

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