Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio has appealed to the Federal Government to urgently consider the implementation of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC Forensic Audit Report presented to President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday.
Akpabio who made this plea while presenting the report, noted that it’s implementation would not only demonstrate the president’s commitment to addressing the challenges of development in the Niger Delta region, but would also help to reposition the NDDC towards the provision of infrastructural and socio-economic benefit to the people.
Akpabio recalled that Buhari directed for a holistic conduct of the Forensic Audit of the Commission in order to ascertain the huge gap between resources invested and the present state of infrastructural, human and economic development of the region, with a view of repositioning the Interventionist Agency for more effective service delivery on its mandate.
Your commitment and resolve to the upliftment of standard of living in the Niger Delta Region and Nigeria at large necessitated the initiation of the Forensic Audit exercise which has now been successfully completed,” Akpabio said while praising Buhari.
He added that the Forensic Audit covered a period of 19 years (August 2001-2019) with a total of 13,777 contracts for programmes and projects awarded to Contractors/Consultants in all the nine Niger Delta states at a total final contract value of N3,274,206,032,213.24.
Receiving the NDDC Forensic Audit report on behalf of the president, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami stated that “we owe it a duty to the people of the Niger Delta to improve their standard of living through the provision of adequate infrastructural and socio-economic development. It was therefore imperative to conduct the Forensic Audit to ensure probity and accountability in the use of public funds, of which the exercise have been completed and report presented today”.

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