Youth of the oil-rich
Niger Delta region have called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to probe the leadership of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over the missing N183.7 billion.
The youth under the aegis of Aggrieved Niger Delta Youth (ANDY) who made the call Friday in Port Harcourt the Rivers State capital urged Buhari to disregard the statement credited to the Managing Director of the Commission, Mr Dan Abia that no money was missing.
The group expressed surprise over the managing Director’s threat to challenge the report of the Auditor-General of the Federation.
Leader of the group, Prince Amatari Bepeledei, disclosed that they have already sent a letter to the Auditor-General urging him to extend the audit-exercise from 2012 to 2015 to ascertain the possible level of fraud during the period.
According to the youth leader, another audit report should cover the MD’s tenure to ascertain if the tenure was clean or not, and noted that the group would go a long way to ensure that the commission under Abia is subjected to probe.
“We are calling on Muhammadu Buhari not to listen to the comment of the NDDC boss that there was no money missing. The commission must not escape probe.
“Through our letter, we have directed the Auditor-General and his team to audit the NDDC from 2012 to 2015. It is not enough for someone to say I have no hand on the issue that concerns him or her”, he said, stressing that NDDC is stinking.
It would be recalled that various youth groups in the region have consistently called for the probe of NDDC as they believe that inspite of huge funds spent, the present administration had nothing to show for it in terms of project execution.