Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has queried the decision of the National Assembly to probe five months of activities at the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, instead of embarking on holistic probing the Commission’s nineteen years of existence.
Senator Akpabio, who made the remarks, while receiving the officials of the Rivers State chapter of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, Thursday, in Abuja, noted that the selected probe would not address the problem of commission, he described as a cesspit of corruption.
The immediate past Governor of Akwa Ibom remarked further that the Commission got over N15 trillion in the last 19 years, to which nothing was on ground to justify the funds but that the legislators decided to probe five months activities at the commission.
Senator Akpabio, however, assured Niger Delta citizens and entire Nigerians that the outcome of the ongoing forensic audit would expose the magnitude of rots at the Commission.
According to him, “In the quest to reposition the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, and bring development and succor to the Niger Delta region, you will never walk alone. That is what I think out of NDDC. And I am very excited about it.
“Things have started so fast that I have started wondering that is it that the voices have been drawn? Is it that the voices of the masses are wearing now? Is it because of the mask we are wearing now? Nigerians and Niger Deltans can no longer talk? Or is it that I am a mad man, who has seen the reason to move the region forward. Is it that people are not aware that NDDC for instance has existed for the past 20 years.
“Why can’t people ask questions? How come it is only now that the noise is louder? How come it is only now that even our parliament has found it necessary to conduct a selective probe of NDDC? Instead of beginning from the inception, the year 2001, they are now doing five months probe out of almost 20 years of existence.