Akpabio: NYCN, CSOs celebrate Forensic Audit Of NDDC
…Hail Buhari for ordering the probe
The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), leading a coalition of Civil Society Organisations, has applauded the Forensic Audit ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari as part of the clean up of the books of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Addressing reporters in Abuja on the occasion of the submission of the Audit report to government, the group expressed satisfaction for the success of the exercise despite attempts to politicize it and distract the onerous task to reposition the commission.
The group observed that the audit has unearthed a lot issues, including over 12,000 of abandoned projects noting that some of the contractors have been compelled to return to site, noting that the audit is in keeping with the anti-corruption focus of the present administration.
“It is no strange fact that this administration having placed high premium on the Niger Delta region and the wellbeing of her people sought to positively reposition the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) as the key intervention agency of government to deliver development to the region”.
They state signed by NYCN’s Solomon Adodo (president) Danesi Momoh,Convener, Guardians of Democracy and Development, Stephen Eriba Executive Director, Independent Public Service Watch amongst others urged President Mohammadu Buhari to implement the Audit report fully and for the benefit of the oil -rich Niger Delta.
“We urge President Muhammadu Buhari to discountenance whatever distraction that may be sponsored against the full implementation of the Forensic Audit Report, in the interest of the people of the Niger Delta region and Nigerians as a whole.
“We are certain that with the submission of the Forensic Audit report, the era of unprecedented and monumental corruption manifesting in extensive contract frauds, procurement law infractions, non-budgetary and extra-budgetary spending, audit violations, cronyism, fiscal recklessness and flagrant disregard to procedural rules as well as other financial malpractices shall be put to a final halt while ushering unprecedented development for the region.
“We urge all discerning true patriots to keep faith with the anti-corruption war of the government as it is in the overall interest of the masses and for the forward voyage of our dear nation”.