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Student groups decry NDDC contracts’ saga

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LEADERSHIP of the National Association of University Students (NAUS), National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) and National Association of Colleges of Education Students (NANCES) have expressed disappointment of the unfolding acts in the ongoing investigation of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), ex-Managing Director, Mrs. Joi Nunieh and the Minster, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

   This was contained in a release jointly signed by Comr. Felix Simon Ijegalu ,National President (NAUS), Sunday A. Asuku, National President (NAPS) and Comr. Mahmud Abubakar,

National President (NANCES). The groups explained that NDDC was formed as a way to relieve and develop the states, build the youth and make better living conditions for states under the commission.

    According to the groups, “we are aware of the claims of the misappropriation and embezzlement of funds which were meant for the development of our society. We are also on the know that various corrupt practices have overridden the true intent of the NDDC, these discrepancies which are obvious, by the lack of development in states under the NDDC, the unemployment rate and the inability to organise and build the youths call for a reform.”

  The leaders who explained that the commission has failed in fulfilling its objectives due to the inconsiderate people, who sit in a position to fulfill them, noted that corruption, back hand dealings and outright lies seems to be the base.

  “The allegations of misappropriation of over N81.5b raises a red flag and calls for an inquiry of what these funds were used for, the gross misuse of such large funds depicts why development is still stagnant in the NDDC.

 “The allegations which refer to the over- riding of orders from the president, shows that IMC known as the Interim Management Committee did not proceed with a forensic audit as requested and also have auditing firms who have done little on audit as top and lead consultants”.

 The group however called on President Mohammadu Buhari to look into the case and ensure that justice prevails and corruption eradicated. According to them, “we demand that the House of Representatives should not be overridden and be allowed to do their jobs by completing the ongoing probe without any external interference. They should be allowed to investigate the misuse and misappropriation of funds in the NDDC with no disruptions.

   “We demand that the forensic auditing of the NDDC should be monitored closely by the National Assembly and Presidency to ensure fairness. This would ensure that there are no discrepancies.

    While calling for immediate suspension of both Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, entire NDDC IMC to pave way for thorough investigation, they demanded that suitable and capable hands should be appointed into NDDC to ensure that all projects started will be carried out competently as well as student scholarship home and abroad. “Corruption needs to be stopped and Justice to be served.”

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