President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a speedy investigation into allegations of corruption in the Niger Delta Development Commission.
The President said his administration was determined to get to the root of the problem undermining the development of the Niger Delta, despite enormous resources invested by the Federal Government over the years.
The Commission is currently embroiled in crisis following a face-off between the former Managing Director, Joy Nunieh, and the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio.
Nunieh had accused Akpabio of sexual harassment and fraud, amongst other infractions.
Breaking his silence on the matter in a statement signed by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, Buhari directed auditing firms and investigative agencies, working in collaboration with the National Assembly committees, to quickly conclude investigations into the allegations.
Parts of the statement read, “In his reaction to the unfolding drama, which includes attacks and counter-attacks between and around persons, institutions, and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), President Buhari expressed his strong determination to get to the root of the problem undermining the development of the Niger Delta and its peoples in spite of enormous national resources voted year after year for this singular purpose.
“The President also directed timely sharing of information and knowledge in a way to speedily assist the administration to diagnose what had gone wrong in the past and what needs to be done to make corrections in order to return the NDDC to its original mandate of making life better for people in Niger Delta.
“The President gave the firm assurance that his administration would put in place a transparent and accountable governance framework, not only in the NDDC but in all other institutions of government.”