A political non-governmental organization, Governors Mandate Network (GMN) has thrown its weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari for extending the tenure of the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, till 31st December, 2020.
The Network equally hailed the governors of the Niger Delta states who had earlier in the year struck an agreement with the President to ensure that a comprehensive forensic audit of the commission is carried out, the task which has now necessitated the extension of the committee’s tenure.
The Chairman of the group , Mr. Osaro Onaiwu, in a statement in Abuja explained that the arduous task of undertaking a credible forensic audit of the projects and programmes of NDDC in the past years could not have been concluded within such a short time.
While thanking the nine governors of the Niger Delta states for showing increased interest in the well-being of the NDDC, Mr. Onaiwu also appreciated the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs for cooperating with the governors for the development of the region through quality supervision of the affairs of NDDC.
The chairman of the Governors Mandate Network, expressed disappointment that the NDDC has over the years been fraught with issues of corruption and unclear projects which made the commission have very little to show for the billions of naira it had received.
He advised the Prof. Pondei-led Interim Management Committee not to disappoint President Buhari, the governors and the people of Niger Delta.
Bayelsa born Prof. Keme Pondei was appointed to head the Interim Management Committee of NDDC by President Buhari following upheavals which saw the Commission change leadership 5 times in one year amidst serious allegations of fraud and contract scams.