Avoid NDDC interim Management team, Niger Delta group warns contractors, Governors

Posted by Dapo Akinrefon | 8 November 2019 | 915 times

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•Niger Delta Minister Godswill Akpabio

A group, the Niger Delta Transparency Monitoring Group, on Thursday, warned contractors not to deal with the interim management team of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, for any reason.

The group, in a statement by its President, Justice October Fred, said that with the position of the Senate, the interim management team was an illegal creation that should be avoided. READ

Fred said: “The senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has already declared that the interim management committee is illegal. On the same day, the senate had said that having confirmed the appointment of the new board, they should take over immediately.

“We do not know why the new board has not taken over yet. But we are warning contractors, even as we urge governors to avoid the interim management team and not give them legitimacy by receiving them as that would amount to recognising and promoting lawlessness.”

Fred, however, declared the group’s intention to monitor and expose the activities of the interim management team up to the day they will vacate office.

He also said even when the new team comes up, they will monitor their activities from day one, with a view to exposing them if they misbehaved with the commission’s funds.

He said the time had come for everybody to be held accountable, considering the negative reports on the handling of NDDC funds over the years.

Akpabio had suggested that the interim team be allowed to stay in office for the next two months, to enable them see to the takeoff of the forensic audit.

Mr. Anietie Ekong, media assistant to the minister, could not be reached as at the time of filing this report. (Vanguard)


Source: News Express

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