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Princewill blames persistent corruption in NDDC on double-dealing by officials

By Ann Godwin, Port Harcourt
04 April 2022   |   4:02 am
Corruption in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has continued unabated following complicities by some federal institutions benefiting from proceeds of double-dealing by officials of the commission, Prince Tonye Princewill, has alleged.

Corruption in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has continued unabated following complicities by some federal institutions benefiting from proceeds of double-dealing by officials of the commission, Prince Tonye Princewill, has alleged.

Princewill regretted that those appointed into the commission did not reflect the true wishes of the people of the region. He said the situation has made the leadership of NDDC to act selfishly to please those that facilitated their appointments.

He spoke in a television programme monitored in Port Harcourt at the weekend, describing the agency as a den of corruption, whose activities had become very atrocious.

Princewill, a governorship aspirant under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, said: “NDDC is a den of corruption, anytime you see corruption going on somewhere, it means there is a national complexity. I said so because, we will be here in Niger Delta and they will send some people to us as our leaders in NDDC.

“If you send someone to somewhere, he will definitely reflect and represent the wishes of those who sent him; so, that is what we see in NDDC.

He maintained that until the agency reflects a true representation of the people, it won’t achieve the objectives it was set up for.

The philanthropist further stated that Rivers State received enough revenue capable of spreading development across the state but lamented that development was centred in few places.

In his comment, the National Organising Secretary of Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas, (HOSTCOM), Dr. Osasu Osibor, blamed the loopholes in NDDC on greedy politicians in the region, who abandoned significant projects that would have improved the lives of the people for selfish gains.

He said: “I feel outraged; the commission has not been able to meet the needs of the people. How can someone from the region abandon projects like healthcare facilities, skills acquisition, roads, which Northern politicians use to empower their people and develop their areas.”

He said NDDC was set up to realign, redirect and to ensure that the region is developed but regretted that with the way it was going, the current structure would certainly collapse and a repositioning would take place.