NDDC house of fraud: Freeze commission’s account, N’Delta groups urge Buhari


NDDC house of fraud: Freeze commission’s account, N’Delta groups urge Buhari

35 leading Niger Delta-based civil society organisations, CSOs and community organisations, yesterday, demanded immediate freezing of withdrawals from all accounts of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, and cessation to reckless activities at the interventionist agency.

The groups led by Nnimmo Bassey, Health of Mother Earth Foundation, David Ugolor, Africa Network for Environmental and Economic Justice, ANEEJ, Ken Henshaw, “We, The People and Tijah Akpan, Policy Alert, in a communique, say, “While the probe of the NDDC was ongoing at the National Assembly, a bulk withdrawal was said to have been made from the commission’s account. This is unacceptable in the face of the commission’s history of fiscal recklessness.”

They also demanded the “Publication of the details of all contractors to the NDDC against the contracts they executed on-behalf of the Commission, including the list of NGOs that benefited from the cash grants from the NDDC.”

They said, “All emerging revelations of malfeasance in the NDDC must be thoroughly investigated and culprits duly prosecuted.

The group adds, “The commencement and expeditious execution of the forensic audit of the commission. The audit process must be conducted by globally recognised audit firms with experience in similar audit exercises, who must be selected through an open, free and competitive bidding process.

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