A pan- Niger Delta group, Motion for the Survival of the Izon Ethnic Nationality within the Niger Delta (MOSIEND), has cautioned the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator, Godswill Akpabio, over his current actions within the Niger Delta Improvement Fee (NDDC), which they are saying is able to setting the area on hearth.
The group alleged that “Akpabio’s divide and rule strategy is provocative, and a disadvantage that may set the area ablaze”
In a press release, signed and issued to DAILY POST by the Nationwide President, Kennedy Tonjo West, the group additionally blamed the South-South governors for getting the area to an abysmal state, by subtly encouraging the Minister’s unethical and unlawful permutation to attain his private objectives.
“As a bunch, we surprise why it took the Governors of the South-South states so lengthy to see Akpabio’s actions to control, cajole and arm-twist establishments to do his ulterior bidding as an aberration”
”The Governors saved mute when the Minister thwarted the Board affirmation course of by Nationwide Meeting. Additionally recall that President Buhari transmitted through correspondence an inventory of Board members to the Nationwide Meeting for screening and subsequent affirmation, which was the correct and real factor to do, because it runs in tandem with the NDDC Act, and inaugurated the Interim Administration Committee by means of the again door to supervise the almighty, out of the world and unusual Forensic Audit.
”The Governors, identical to among the Senators, other than the Deputy Senate President, sheepishly did his bidding. About 17 months down the road, what has the forensic audit amounted to, because it issues the developmental wants of the area.
”The Minister simply want to come back out upright and be honest together with his individuals, he ought to settle for his mistake and hearken to stakeholders for cohesive growth.
”Current plans to elongate the service of the Barr Effiong Okon Akwa as sole Administrator of the Fee didn’t come as a shock to MOSIEND, simply because it didn’t go down properly with the larger inhabitants within the area. It’s because Akpabio received all of it laid out from the outset.
”All plans are principally to complement himself, and impoverish the nice individuals of the area for not voting him in 2019, therefore see the workplace as his compensation for shedding the election as such, Akpabio to take advantage of the area dry.
”Recall that the Hon Minister had assured Niger Deltans that no contract will likely be awarded and no contractors will likely be paid pending the conclusion of the Forensic Audit. One 12 months, 5 months, for a six months audit, what did we get, problems with misappropriation, kleptomania, fleecing of the fee’s treasury, gross underdevelopment within the area, the group alleged
”The Federal Authorities had authorized and launched about 799 billion Naira or extra, for the 2019 and 2020 Funds, what are the tangible initiatives Minister Akpabio can lay hand on as his initiatives below the interval in view.
”MOSIEND is in complete alignment with the Governors within the demand for rapid board inauguration, in the future shouldn’t be added to the expiration date. Sen Akpabio can nonetheless nominate Barr Akwa into the Board.
”MOSIEND had on the twenty first of December, 2020 written to the Governors of the Niger Delta area to withstand the Interim Sole Administrator idea and demand on the Board, shortly after then, the Sole Administrator visited them the place all of them embraced the aberration as they put it, among the Governors even went so far as threatening to humiliate and disrupt by all means any ethnic group which dares to protest the illegality.
”The Governors ought to stand their grounds for as soon as. This time round, they need to be honest and never disappoint the lots, the Governors are members of the Advisory Board and have a powerful say, therefore ought to do what is predicted of them.
”We additionally problem the Minister to offer a blow by blow account of how the fee expended over 799 billion in 2 years NDDC finances below his watch, why are the NDDC mission for 2020 throughout the communities and states not displayed within the Fee’s Portal or Web site, the Fee is run suspiciously and that’s positively not what President Buhari want to see.