South-South Governors Forum backs forensic audit of NDDC

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The South-South Governors Forum has declared  their support for the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari for forensic audit of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) which has been in the news over  allegations of corruption among the top echelon of the commission.

The chairman of the South-South Governors Forum, Ifeanyi Okowa who made this known said he has been monitoring alongside other Governors from the South-South the crisis in the Niger Delta Development Commission that has taken front and centre stage in national news.

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The Governor of Delta State, said, ” After due consultations with the other governors, the South-South Governors Forum wishes to categorically state that we wholeheartedly support the forensic audit of the NDDC as ordered by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari.”

“This is because, we believe that the audit will help to reposition the NDDC to better deliver on its mandate for the good people of the Niger Delta region.

Speaking on behalf of the governors from the region, he advised all the stakeholders in the current crisis in the NDDC to refrain from utterances and actions that will breach the peace and security of the region.

He as well conveyed the position of the Governors Forum on what he called  “attempt  to abduct” Ms Joi Nunieh, the immediate past Acting MD of the Commission. In his word,  It was unwarranted, unnecessary, and uncalled for.

Stating the neutrality of the Governors Forum in the ongoing crisis, he said,”while we call on all the relevant security authorities to investigate this unfortunate development, let it be on record that we are neither in support of nor against any of the actors in this controversy.”

“However, as responsible public servants and leaders in the Niger Delta, we are mindful of the implications her attempted abduction could have on the peace and security of the region.”

He therefore concluded thus:”Finally, we wish to reiterate that both the forensic audit and the Senate investigation should continue and be concluded promptly, as we all want to see an NDDC that helps to accelerate the infrastructural development of the Niger Delta region.”

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