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NDDC: Buhari given more reasons to sack Akpabio, others

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A group, Niger Delta Renaissance Coalition, has given President Muhammadu Buhari more reasons to sack the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio.

The group also wants all members of the Interim Management Committee, IMC, of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, sacked.

The group pointed out that President Buhari had already admitted to wrongdoing by the IMC, adding that this should be enough reason for him to act fast.

Recall that when Buhari was asked what he thought of the ongoing revelations of corruption at the EFCC and the NDDC, the President said that some of his appointees have abused trust by misusing their offices.

The group wondered why the President, after such admission, was yet to act, adding that his delay emboldens Akpabio, and the IMC to continue the pillage of the Commission.

This was contained in a statement by Comrade Godknows Sotonye, National Coordinator of the group.

It also pointed to the National Assembly report on the misuse of N81.5 billion in just a few months by the IMC and under the watchful eyes of Akpabio, insisting that the financial recklessness had continued.

“The Acting MD Prof Keme Pondei and his IMC colleagues should not remain in office a day longer,” the group said.

“We cannot afford delayed action by the president, which gives these officials that have abused public trust such as Akpabio and the IMC more time to commit further infractions, when there are already established cases of fraud, corruption, self-enrichment, financial recklessness, abuse of due process and mismanagement against them.

“Mr President should also take note that Akpabio fraudulently procured certificates of no-objection from the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) for the award of two contracts, the first for a lead forensic consultant at N318 million, and the second for the purchase of 62 cars for N1.599 billion.

“The President should match his words with action and visit the 116-page report and resolutions of the Senate on the financial recklessness of the NDDC IMC, which was adopted unanimously. The report details the humongous scam that has been going on at the NDDC, and presents a clear pathway forward for the Commission,” the statement read in part.

Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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