18 February 2016, Port Harcourt—Some former officials of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC and contractors are to be invited by the new management of the commission to explain their roles on some key issues.
Acting Managing Director of the Commission, Mrs Ibim Semenitari, dropped the hint in Benin, Edo State, when she flagged off donation of kits and other accessories to member states of the commission to check the spread of Lassa fever in the region.
According to a statement by the Head, Corporate Affairs of the Commission, Mr Chijioke Amu-Nnadi, Mrs Semenitari said she will continue to promote President Muhammadu Buhari’s zero tolerance to corruption.
Huge embarrassment Meanwhile, Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, has said that the NDDC has been a huge embarrassment to the people of the South South, adding that those who had been saddled with the responsibility of running the commission enriched themselves to the detriment of Niger Delta people.
He urged the acting MD of the commission, Mrs Semenitari to sack all under-performing NDDC contractors and staff who have compromised the objective for which the commission was set up, so as to give fresh hope to the people of the region. He spoke when the management of NDDC paid him a courtesy visit.
According to Oshiomhole, “NDDC was just a pot of honey which was meant for the people of the South South to minimize the bitterness arising from devastation as a result of oil exploration.
In another development, Chairman, Board of Trustees, BOT, Community Development Committee, CDC of Oil and Gas Producing Areas in the Niger Delta, Prince Maikpobi Okareme, has advised President Buhari to shelve preparation of the 2016 budget for the NDDC, until a new board is inaugurated.