(By Chris K.Amadi) – President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has directed speedy and coordinated investigation into the activities of the stinking Niger Delta Development Commission. Recall that allegations of looting at the Commission by National Assembly members, other top government officials and operatives of the agency have become a grave source of embarrassment to all Nigerians and the administration of President Muhmmadu Buhari which prides itself as averse to corruption, and has since proclaimed the fight against corruption as one of the cardinal objectives for which it should be judged by.
In a statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior special assistant to the president (media & publicity) on Thursday, Buhari expressed his strong determination to get to the root of the problem undermining the development of the Niger Delta and its peoples in spite of enormous national resources voted year after year for this singular purpose.
President Muhammadu Buhari has given directives for better coordination among security and investigating agencies with the National Assembly to ensure that the administration’s effort to bring sanity, transparency and accountability to the management of the large amount of resources dedicated to development of the Niger Delta sub-region is not derailed.
In his reaction to the unfolding drama, which include attacks and counter attacks between and around persons, institutions, and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), President Buhari expressed his strong determination to get to the root of the problem undermining the development of the Niger Delta and its peoples in spite of enormous national resources voted year after year for this singular purpose. The entire world is watching whether the president will match his words with action.
According to the directive, auditing firms and investigative agencies working in collaboration with national assembly committees to resolve the challenges in the NDDC must initiate actions in a time-bound manner and duly inform the Presidency of the actions being taken.
The President also directed timely sharing of information and knowledge in a way to speedily assist the administration to diagnose what had gone wrong in the past and what needs to be done to make corrections in order to return the NDDC to its original mandate of making life better for people in Niger Delta.
President Buhari said the administration wants to bring about “rapid, even and sustainable development to the region.”
The President gave firm assurance that his administration would put in place a transparent and accountable governance framework, not only in the NDDC but in all other institutions of government.
Senior special assistant to the president (media & publicity)
July 16, 2020