A socio-political group, the Niger Delta Network Advancement Programme, NDNAP, has described recent petitions by some groups against the management of the NDDC Board as a deliberate ploy meant to blackmail the development of the Niger Delta.
Some groups in a petition to the Economic and financial crimes Commission, EFCC, had urged President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the finances of the Sir Dan Abia- led Commission over alleged financial misappropriations by the NDDC Board.
But the group, in a statement made available to Nigerian Pilot yesterday in Uyo, expressed satisfaction with the achievements of the Board, describing the action of the petitioners as one borne out of sentiments.
The statement at the weekend, endorsed by NDNAP President, Al Mustapher Edoho and Secretary, Mr. Emmanuel Okpodighe dismissed the allegations as “baseless, spurious and unfounded” and warned such groups against playing politics with the development of the oil rich region.
“Our attention has been drawn to a plethora of spurious petitions flooding anti graft agencies and presidency, inviting the President to probe the management of finances of NDDC. The disgruntled and faceless groups have put forward allegations bothering on over-shooting of contract limits, contract splitting, breach of ex- President Goodluck Jonathan’s directives, contract bazaar as well as internal disagreement.
“The Commission under Abia should be given high commendations for playing a complimentary role in providing enhancing security in the country through logistics support of vehicles to the Nigerian Police.
“Nigerians should desist from politicking over very important aspect of our national security as the Federal Government alone with dwindling oil revenues cannot adequately fund the Nigeria Police.”
Commending the Commission under the current dispensation, the group noted that it has demonstrated total commitment to ensuring that the region witnessed infrastructural, human capital and educational developments as well as completion of several abandoned projects.
“In spite of poor funding, after reviewing the status of some projects that the Commission has been able to complete in 9 Federal Universities, including 500 bed space students hostels in the University of Uyo, Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, Federal University of Technology (FUTO), Owerri, Imo State, University of Benin (UNIBEN) and Federal University of Agriculture, Umidike, Abia State, we are satisfied that the NDDC Board has been outstanding in its performance so far.
“Other projects executed under Abia’s watch include the Uquo- Odoro Nkit – Ntak Inyang – Etebi road project, 12 storey modern architectural building in the highbrow Port Harcourt Garden City for the NDDC headquarters to save the Commission the high cost of rents on the property currently serving as its headquarters,” the group said.
The group, therefore, urged the President to strengthen the NDDC by empowering it to continue to offer essential services to the people of Niger Delta.
“The President should rather authorise immediate release of accrued NDDC funds of over N750 billion to enable the NDDC continue its drive of radical transformation of the region to create employments, development and jobs for the people,” the statement added.

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