Niger Delta militants urge overhaul of NDDC over alleged corrupt practices
A Militant group, the Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC), has called for overhaul of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) probes the commission over alleged money laundering and fraud.
JRC’s spokesperson, Cynthia Whyte, also charged the Presidency to immediately dissolve the current acting Board under which three top officials were quizzed earlier this month by the EFCC.
Whyte said it was heartrending that in the past few months, there have been increasing reports of brazen corruption, grand theft, reckless embezzlement and large-scale mismanagement across the various interventionist agencies that are supposed to cater to the challenges of the Niger Delta.
The JRC, an affiliate of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), said the worse hit in the cases of alleged corruption has been the NDDC.
The group accused NDDC officials of contract racketeering, nepotism and outright diversion of funds, claiming that the NDDC has become a conduit pipe through which billions of naira meant for the development of the Niger Delta was being channeled to the pockets of politicians and their cronies.
JRC said any re-constituted board must be made up of tested, trusted and competent technocrats who understand the challenges of the people of the Niger Delta and would not be subject to the whims of political masters and players.
In response to the recent quizzing of the acting Managing Director, Prof Nelson Braimbaifa, the acting Executive Director, Finance, Dr. Chris Amadi and the acting Executive Director, Projects, Dr. Samuel Adjogbe by the EFCC, NDDC’s Director, Corporate Affairs, Charles Odili, said the investigation was not out of place and does not in any way imply guilt on the part of the commission’s officials or impropriety.
No comments yet