Back Senate Committee on Public Account’s directive on NDDC
*Threaten to block East-west road and other Federal roads if…
Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Niger Delta Youths under the aegis of Aggrieved Niger Delta Youths (ANDY) yesterday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the ongoing fight against corruption campaign to Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The group who described the commission as stinking said the probe, if initiated should be thorough for the interest of the region and the commission.
In a press briefing yesterday which was organized by the group in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, the National leader, Prince Amatari Bipeledei said the best thing President Buhari could do for the region is to sanitize NDDC to realize the purpose for which it was created.
Bipeledei who claimed that his group has already carried out a preliminary investigation on the commission said they are backing the decision of the Senate Committee on public account.
He further claimed that the Senate committee on public account led by Sen. Andy Uba on Wednesday 26thOctober, 2016 directed NDDC within 7 days to submit all approved evidences of 1,691 contacts it’s awarded between 2014 – 2016.
The youths who are already in court with NDDC over diversion of fund meant for the empowerment of Niger Delta youths, threatened to block East-West road and other Federal roads in the region if Mr. President fail to probe the commission.
He said: “On the 12th of August 2015, the Auditor General of the federation Mr. Samuel Akura submitted an audit report of 183.7b missing at NDDC from 2008 to 2016 and the breakdown of that report submitted to the national assembly includes 70.4b unaccounted from the mobilization of various contractors that never reported to site.
“5.8b paid to contractors for projects not executed or abandoned, 90.5b spent on extra budgetary expenditure without approval by legal authorities. 1.2b undeducted taxes from contractors, 10.07b to be refunded as tax deduction made without remittance to FIRS.
“While 3.1b was transferred to unauthorized account and unaccountable staff advances of 1.7b. And response from the then board led by Dan Abia was that no money was missing. Our demand is that President Buhari must help this region to sanitize the commission.”