Clark denies backing NDDC’s interim management committee
National leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, yesterday refuted media reports insinuating that he was backing the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to sanitise the agency.
In a statement, the elder statesman stated: “My attention has been drawn to a statement credited to me in some publications in that regard. I hereby refute the statement as contained in the said publications that I back the NDDC’s Interim Management Committee.”
He went on: “Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, the Acting Executive Director of Projects, NDDC, is my political son with whom I have close and affectionate relations. I was, therefore, very glad when he led a delegation of the commission to pay me a condolence visit at my country home in Kiagbodo, following the death of one of my younger brothers, Major General H. U. Clark (rtd). During the visit, Dr. Ojougboh appreciated that the occasion was too sad and mournful for me and my family to discuss political matters.
“In welcoming them, I commended once again, Mr. President, for approving that a forensic audit be carried out on the activities of the commission since inception in order to overhaul and clear the mess before a new board takes over. My support for the President’s appointment of a forensic auditor to look into the books of NDDC has been well known. Indeed, I said so longtime ago. I have felt that how intense to carry out the audit as expeditiously as possible, was his responsibility.”
Clark added: I did not say I backed the NDDC Interim Management Committee or even the swearing in of the new board which has been confirmed by the Senate, almost at the same time the Interim Committee was set up.
I am going to 93 years and I know my position and status in the country, I do not, therefore, want to be drawn into unnecessary, frivolous and unwarranted controversies as a result of the alleged power struggle in the Villa, which is no doubt a repetition of Ibrahim Magu’s confirmation case where the same Villa condemned the confirmation. “