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Akpabio pledges speedy action on NDDC forensic audit report

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Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, yesterday, disclosed that the Federal Government will study the Niger Delta Development Commission’s (NDDC) final forensic report and point out critical areas that will enable President Muhammadu Buhari to act on it immediately.

This followed expiration of the July deadline Akpabio earlier announced for presentation of the forensic audit final report to President Buhari.

He explained that this would pave the way for fresh nominations for a substantive board of the NDDC to the National Assembly, which had generated a lot of controversy.

It would also facilitate the process of constituting the board, boost development of the Niger Delta region and reposition the commission to ensure optimal performance, as against what obtained in the past.

Akpabio, who disclosed this in Abuja when he received the forensic audit report from the security team, expressed satisfaction on the job done, maintaining that the report would be a turning point for the NDDC and development of the Niger Delta region.

He noted further that the exercise would reposition the NDDC as well as enhance the socio-economic status of the Niger Delta.

The minister commended the forensic auditors for completing the report, adding that the security team exhibited discipline, candour and comportment knowing that the exercise would not be successful without security assistance.

He restated Buhari’s directive for a holistic examination and review of NDDC’s operations, which resulted in the inauguration of forensic audit and security team to salvage the interventionist agency and the Niger Delta region.

On his part, Chairman of the Security Team, Admiral Bamidele Oluwagbamila, noted that the team, which was formed about a year ago comprised personnel of the Nigerian Navy, Army, Nigerian Police Force, Department of State Services (DSS) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to provide security for the auditors as they carried out the exercise.

He said the team worked with the auditors and provided the right environment, adequate security in the hotels and the project sites, which ensured successful execution of the job.

“We enjoyed the support of the ministry, as we were provided all the logistics required for the job and over 398 personnel of the security agencies were involved in the exercise. The success of the exercise and the support he gave us is a plus for the minister.

Oluwagbamila, who expressed gratitude for the honour and privilege to work in the team, hoped that the report would help the authorities to take appropriate decisions that would move the NDDC and the Niger Delta region forward.

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