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Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has sought tight security for the forensic auditors hired to vet the books of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

He made the call in Abuja while inaugurating the Security Committee for the Field Forensic Auditors.

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The Akwa Ibom State ex-governor recalled that in response to the yearnings of the governors of the oil-rich region for transparent running of the interventionist agency to deliver on its mandates in the wake of alleged financial malpractices, President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered a holistic audit of the commission from its inception till August 2019 with a view to repositioning it for effective service delivery.

Membership of the panel is drawn from both the ministry and the security agencies, with the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babayo Ardo as chairman, while the Director, Planning Research and Statistic (PRS), Alfred Abba, is secretary.
BESIDES, the Atiku Care Foundation has back the calls for states to control the resources in their domains.

During a press briefing yesterday in Abuja, its leader, Ambassador Aliyu Bin Abbas, said the move would boost their economies and reduce the pressure on the Federal Government aside encouraging healthy competition among the states economically.

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The group lamented the worsening security situation in the country, challenging Nigerians to patriotically proffer lasting solutions to the menace and other challenges holding the most populous black nation back.

It noted: “At 60, we are yet to have a firm policy on social security or social welfare for the citizens. This has made it almost impossible for the citizenry to access all provisions made to relive them of the economic pressure.

“Bearing in mind that poverty tops the sustainable development goals, we call on the government to draft a robust social security policy that would protect its citizens bearing in mind that a lot of Nigerians are living below the poverty line.”

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