Members of the Cross River State House of Assembly have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to recover all looted Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) funds and prosecute the looters.
Speaking with newsmen, yesterday, Speaker of the House, Dr Ekpo Ekpo Bassey lamented the high-profile corruption perpetuated by Nigerians mostly people of the Niger Delta region, and appealed to Buhari not to have mercy and sympathy on anyone.
Bassey, who represents the people of Bakassi in the Cross River State of House of Assembly, regretted that NDDC and leaders of Niger Delta regions have not been able to live up to expectation of the people as they allegedly connived with others to loot the treasury of the commission without executing various contracts awarded them.
“From the information we have gathered, NDDC has not been able to live up to its expectation in terms of proper management of its resources allocated to them and even Niger Delta leaders that should have protected the interest of Niger Deltans, many of them have gotten contracts from NDDC and have not executed any of these contracts,” he alleged.
“As I speak to you, the conditions of the people of the Niger Delta are appalling. There is a complete collapse of infrastructures. You can imagine the Calabar-Itu federal highway, everyday, commuters are subjected to unnecessary suffering and difficulty just because they have to travel along the road to make ends meet, yet Niger Delta leaders, some of them, have collected over 300 contracts and have been paid over N200million but have not been able to mobilize workers to sites,” he further alleged.
Lamenting further, the people of the region, according to Bassey, cried over injustice and abandonment in the region as “our leaders in the region have not done what they are supposed to have done.
“Our major problem is Calabar-Itu federal highway that connects Cross River and Akwa Ibom States as well as other states in Nigeria”.
Youth Leader Tasks Andoni Elites On Security Summit
Following the rising cases of insecurity in communities across Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, a youth leader, Hon. Amon Nkpon Ijongama, has called for a stakeholders summit on security in the area.
Ijongama who is also the President of Obolo Youth Coalition told newsmen at a media briefing in Port Harcourt that communities in Andoni were living in fear following the rising spate of insecurity in the area.
The youth leader particularly regretted the alleged silence of the Andoni political class on the spate of insecurity in Andoni and called on them to rise up and show concern on the threat to lives of their people.
The youth activist particularly criticised the Andoni Local Government Council for its alleged silence over the maiming and killings by hoodlums in the area, regretting that the council chairman and his councillors were yet to speak out against the activities of hoodlums in the area.
He condemned the recent exchange of gunfire between the police and hoodlums along the Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo/Nkoro Unity Road which led to the death of one Dr Patricia Obomanu, the Principal of Community Secondary School, Nkoro.
Ijongama also condemned the recent attack on the medical doctor in charge of Ngo General Hospital, headquarters of Andoni Local Government Area as well as the looting of the constituency office of the federal lawmaker representing Andoni/Opobo Federal Constituency in the National Assembly.
He used the occasion to call on the chairman of Andoni Local Government Area, Hon. Paul Lawrence Paul to partner with his Opobo/Nkoro counterpart to ensure security along the Ogoni-Andoni/Opobo Unity Road.
Fani-Kayode Tasks FG On National Security …As Trump Appoints New Security Chief
Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has advised the Federal Government to do more in the fight against Boko Haram terrorism and national security.
He said this in reaction to President Donald Trump’s appointment of Richard Grenell, as the acting United States Director of National Intelligence.
The former presidential aide expressed delight at the appointment and advised the Buhari administration to brace up and be ready for Grenell.
Fani-Kayode stated that Grenell is now the most powerful man in America in terms of intelligence-gathering, espionage and security matters.
The outspoken critic said the envoy recognises the strategic importance of Nigeria to the United States and fully appreciates “what we are being subjected to by the present administration”.
“He has a deep interest in our affairs, he cares for us and he knows the mess that we put ourselves in by electing Buhari and allowing him to steal his mandate both in 2015 and 2019.
“Needless to say, the events of the last five years have vindicated him and proved him right. They have vindicated and proved yours truly right as well,” he added.
In 2015, Grenell in an article titled “Nigeria On The Brink” published on Washington Times, warned Nigerians against electing General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) as President.
The current Ambassador to Germany noted that “Buhari had spoken sympathetically about members of the terrorist group, Boko Haram”.
Grenell declared that Buhari’s election as Nigeria’s head of state would be a disaster for Africa.
The verdict rattled the All Progressives Congress (APC). The ruling party called the new US Intelligence chief a paid agent of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Garba Shehu, who was then APC Presidential Campaign media director, labelled Grenell’s opinion “provocative”.
He described it as an” advertisement by a failed President (Goodluck Jonathan) and his ruinous party, the PDP, to tarnish the hard won credibility and integrity of Buhari”.
After Buhari assumed office in 2015, he appointed Shehu as his senior special assistant on media and publicity.
The president retained Shehu, a former media adviser to former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, for the same position in 2019.
Buhari Meets Security Chiefs
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, held a closed-door meeting with security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting followed Buhari’s vow to wipe out insurgents operating in the country.
Buhari said that in the coming weeks, Nigerians would witness an aggressive campaign to rout Boko Haram.
He assured that security will continue to be well funded despite the competing needs of social services.
“I appeal to Nigerians to continue to support our troops in their gallant efforts to protect the citizens and secure the country,” Buhari added.
Our correspondent reports that the yesterday’s security meeting with the president was attended by all the four service chiefs namely; Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.
Others are Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar and Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas as well as the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
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