Group decries NDDC personnel audit prevention

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A group, under the auspices of the Niger Delta Network, on Monday, slammed individuals and organisations allegedly preventing the proposed personnel audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission, saying that the annexation and the audit process were directives from the presidency.

It was gathered that some groups had sponsored media reports against the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, accusing him of attempts to annex the commission.

But a statement by the Director of Public Communication, Niger Delta Network, Dr. John Douglas, made available to our correspondent in Uyo, said the accusation of the annexation of the NDDC commission was baseless.

The statement was tilted, ‘Re: Attempt by the Ministry of the Niger Delta Affairs to annex the NDDC is illegal, unlawful and shall be strongly resisted.”

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The statement partly read, “We have read with amusement, the above-sponsored statement against the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Umana Umana, alleging an attempt to annex the NDDC to MNDA.

“No one, whose recruitment is legitimate, will oppose or fret over a ministerial directive for a personnel audit of the NDDC.”

“It can no longer be business as usual for unscrupulous persons who used the NDDC funds to finance personal or sectional interests.

“It is on record that the annexation of the commission was initiated by the presidency. The transfer of the supervisory role of the NDDC from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, did not start under Mr Umana.

“One thing is certain though, there is a new dawn in both the NDDC and the MNDA. It can no longer be business as usual. Unlike in the recent past when corruption was a direct principle of state policy which saw the NDDC funds being used to finance personal or sectional interest, the time to do things differently starts now.”

The statement added, “Except those who perpetrated or benefited from the faulty, flawed and fraudulent staff recruitment exercise, lovers of good governance will attest that the ongoing reforms are meant to ensure that processes and procedures are transparent, and followed due process.

“Abuse of office and public trust must give way to due process, transparency, accountability etc.

“No matter the degree of distraction that may raise its ugly head, we all as Niger Deltans must applaud the Minister and his resolve in implementing his strategic Ministerial Action Plan of ensuring among others, the review of “Disproportionate recruitment of staff during the COVID-19 lockdown,” based on petitions over irregular promotions and deployment of staff in the NDDC; the compilation/publication of a list of all completed projects in the NDDC is awaiting payments for public scrutiny; the suspension of all further award of contracts on water hyacinths in the Niger Delta; the implementation of recommendations of the review of the Forensic Audit Report into the operations of the NDDC and most importantly, the constitution of the board of the NDDC in line with extant law.

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