A pan- Niger Delta group, Movement for the Survival of the Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND), has cautioned the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator, Godswill Akpabio, over his recent activities in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), which they say is capable of setting the region on fire.
The group alleged that “Akpabio’s divide and rule approach is provocative, and a drawback that can set the region ablaze”
In a statement, signed and issued to DAILY POST by the National President, Kennedy Tonjo West, the group also blamed the South-South governors for getting the region to an abysmal state, by subtly encouraging the Minister’s unethical and illegal permutation to achieve his personal goals.
“As a group, we wonder why it took the Governors of the South-South states so long to see Akpabio’s actions to manipulate, cajole and arm-twist institutions to do his ulterior bidding as an aberration”
”The Governors kept mute when the Minister thwarted the Board confirmation process by National Assembly. Also recall that President Buhari transmitted via correspondence a list of Board members to the National Assembly for screening and subsequent confirmation, which was the proper and genuine thing to do, as it runs in tandem with the NDDC Act, and inaugurated the Interim Management Committee through the back door to oversee the almighty, out of the world and uncommon Forensic Audit.
”The Governors, just like some of the Senators, apart from the Deputy Senate President, sheepishly did his bidding. About 17 months down the line, what has the forensic audit amounted to, as it concerns the developmental needs of the region.
”The Minister just need to come out upright and be sincere with his people, he should accept his mistake and listen to stakeholders for cohesive development.
”Recent plans to elongate the service of the Barr Effiong Okon Akwa as sole Administrator of the Commission did not come as a surprise to MOSIEND, just as it did not go down well with the greater population in the region. This is because Akpabio got it all laid out from the outset.
”All plans are basically to enrich himself, and impoverish the good people of the region for not voting him in 2019, hence see the office as his compensation for losing the election as such, Akpabio to milk the region dry.
”Recall that the Hon Minister had assured Niger Deltans that no contract will be awarded and no contractors will be paid pending the conclusion of the Forensic Audit. One year, five months, for a six months audit, what did we get, issues of misappropriation, kleptomania, fleecing of the commission’s treasury, gross underdevelopment in the region, the group alleged
”The Federal Government had approved and released about 799 billion Naira or more, for the 2019 and 2020 Budget, what are the tangible projects Minister Akpabio can lay hand on as his initiatives under the period in view.
”MOSIEND is in total alignment with the Governors in the demand for immediate board inauguration, one day should not be added to the expiration date. Sen Akpabio can still nominate Barr Akwa into the Board.
”MOSIEND had on the 21st of December, 2020 written to the Governors of the Niger Delta region to resist the Interim Sole Administrator concept and insist on the Board, shortly after then, the Sole Administrator visited them where they all embraced the aberration as they put it, some of the Governors even went as far as threatening to humiliate and disrupt by all means any ethnic group which dares to protest the illegality.
”The Governors should stand their grounds for once. This time around, they should be sincere and not disappoint the masses, the Governors are members of the Advisory Board and have a strong say, hence should do what is expected of them.
”We also challenge the Minister to give a blow by blow account of how the commission expended over 799 billion in 2 years NDDC budget under his watch, why are the NDDC project for 2020 across the communities and states not displayed in the Commission’s Portal or Website, the Commission is run suspiciously and that is definitely not what President Buhari would like to see.