The Governor of Rivers state, Barr. Nyesom Wike has declared that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) had long ago lost its capacity to deliver development to the people of the oil rich Niger Delta region.
Governor Wike while addressing members of the interim management committee of the commission, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Brick House on Wednesday described the NDDC as a “cash cow for politicians”.
“Those who fought for the establishment of NDDC will weep that the Commission has deviated from its mandate. NDDC has collapsed. NDDC has become a cash cow for politicians.
NDDC is now a political institution. NDDC stole our money. There was an agreement for the Rivers State Government and NDDC to collaborate for the construction of the Mother and Child Hospital. NDDC refused to pay her counterpart fund. Even the N800million paid by the Rivers State Government, the NDDC only paid N400m to the contractor and diverted N400million.
If they don’t pay our money, we will Institute a legal action NDDC to retrieve our money.”
Speaking further, Governor Wike accused the immediate past Board of the commission of plotting and releasing funds for his removal from office.
“After the former Board released N10billion to remove me from office and they failed, they came here for a Courtesy Visit. I asked them why they refused to partner with states for the development of the Niger Delta.
Niger Delta Governors asked for the forensic audit of the NDDC when we met with the President. We also asked for the setting up of the Board of Governors for NDDC.
I urge the interim committee to carry out a proper audit. You will meet obstacles, but be determined to do a thorough job”.
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