By Emem Idio
The Ijaw Youths Council IYC, Worldwide has asked the Federal Government and the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to immediately publish the report of the forensic audit undertaken by the commission.
The IYC, in a statement from its president, Timothy Igbifa, said: “We were all happy when this forensic audit began in February 2020 because we believed it would clean up the NDDC and give the commission a fresh start to update its mandate in Niger Region. delta.
“But the investigations began a year ago. It is time to publish the report of this investigation. Each audit has a useful life and we believe that one year is more than enough to complete the NDDC audit and publish the report.
“At one point, our leadership insisted on the dissolution of the IMC and the inauguration of the substantive board, but instead of constituting the new board, a single administration headed by Effiong Akwa was established to administer the affairs of the commission with the singular task to complete the audit and deliver it to a substantive Board while the 2020 budget is spent until March 31, 2021.
“March 31 is a few weeks early and we believe it is time for the president to prepare the board for the commission knowing full well that the board members would be subjected to an official inauguration before the handover date which is on April 1, 2021. We are asking the president to inaugurate his members before April.
“The IYC and other stakeholders in the region want to see a published forensic audit and commission board swearing-in, which has already been vetted by the National Assembly. We repeat that the audit is not in perpetuity. It has a terminal date and we think it’s about time it ended.
“We will not allow any politician or group to bypass the resources of the commission and immediately mess with the NDDC Act for their selfish political interest. The time to end the aberration in NDDC is March 31, 2021. “
Igbifa said that the IYC and the Niger Delta awaited the end of the single NDDC administration before April 1, 2021, and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurate the board that will replace Akwa on April 1, 2021.
He recalled that the Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Senator Godswill Akpabio, mentioned April as the resumption date for the substantive board to take over the management of the NDDC, adding that the IYC and other stakeholders in the region would not allow the current commission management structure to be extended beyond March 31, 2021.