Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has disclosed that the recent take-over of leadership in the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC by a Sole Administrator was necessitated by a court injunction issued by Justice A.R. Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja and not an official appointment made by the Federal Government.
Akpabio who made this statement in Abuja when he met with representatives of the forensic auditing team who were in his office to submit a progress report of the on-going forensic auditing of the NDDC, noted that the leadership of the commission held by Mr. Effiong Akwa was not permanent and would only last the duration of the auditing after which a board would be inaugurated.
He expressed optimism that the ministry is starting the year with renewed vigor and would ensure that priority is given to achieving the mandate given by President Muhammadu Buhari to revitalize the Niger Delta region.
“The key program for the Niger Delta is the completion of the East-West road particularly Section I-IV and I’m happy to report that contractors are on-site and work is on-going at a very busy place. I also commend the National Assembly for the speedy passage of the NDDC 2020 budget; I think that was a patriotic action taken in the interest of the good people of the Niger Delta region.
“The Ministry was able to complete a lot of development projects in different states of the Niger Delta which includes the 50km road in Edo State, Skill Acquisition Centers in Cross River, Ondo, Akwa-Ibom, and others with provision for under water welding,” he added.
While expressing displeasure over the recent stir caused by some youths from the Niger Delta region in the ministry, he said he has also received calls from some youth groups apologizing for the incident, stating that they were misled to cause trouble.
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