Composition Of NDDC Board: Northerners Have No Business With NDDC, Activist Tells President Buhari, Urge Him To Remove All The Names From The List
Prominent Niger Delta activist, Ann-Kio Brigss, has faulted the composition of the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), saying northerners have no business being members of the board.
Briggs also backed President Muhammadu Buhari for ordering a forensic audit into the activities of the commission, saying the list of jobs given out by the agency from when it was established should be released. Recall that President Buhari had ordered a forensic audit of the Commission from 2001 to 2019
While speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, Ann-Kio Brigss said, many contracts awarded by the commission in the last 10years are shrouded in secrecy, noting that most beneficiaries of contracts awarded by the agency are not from the region.
“If you say it is a Niger Delta Development Commission, why are you putting people who are not Niger Delta people on the board? Why are Northerners on the board? I see no reason. It is unfair, it is unjust. They have no business being there.
She expressed annoyance that even before the budget of the NDDC is approved by the National Assembly, some lobbying was done from within the same funds approved for it.
According to Brigss, “When the budget for the NDDC has to go to the National Assembly and the board has to lobby for the approval. They have been lobbying with a percentage of the budget, percentage of the job, percentage of the money.
They should release the list of jobs that have been done in the Niger Delta through the NDDC from the day they started giving jobs.
“If they release the names and you go to the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and check, you will be horrified to find that the people who have the jobs running into billions are very likely to be government officials and government appointees,” the environmental activists stated.
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