Clark urges Buhari to form substantive council for NDDC

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Former Federal Information Commissioner, Chief Edwin Clark on Tuesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately form a substantive council for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Clark made the call when members of the Delta Central All Progressives Congress Leaders of Thought (DELCAT) paid him a solidarity visit in Abuja.

The President dissolved the NDDC Board of Directors in 2021.

He also ordered a forensic audit of the commission since its inception over allegations of widespread corruption within the interventionist agency.

Buhari expressed his disappointment that a few people in charge of managing the NDDC have wasted resources without tangible results for more than 20 years.

Clark recalled that when the forensic audit report was submitted to Buhari on September 2, 2021, he promised to provide substantive counsel for the commission.

He said: “About 10 months later, no council is constituted. This affects the duties of the commission and the people of the Niger Delta region as there is a limit to the things an interim administration can do.

“The desire of the people of the Niger Delta is for the federal government to provide substantive advice.

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“Any further agitation, especially from some greedy and self-centered people for Mr. President to appoint another acting administrator will be resisted.”

The former statesman also alleged that the government was in the process of appointing another interim administrator for the NDDC.

He added: “If this is true, it will mean that this will be the fourth time that an interim administrator has been appointed in complete disregard of the act establishing the commission.

“It is an aberration. The people of the Niger Delta have been patient and understanding enough.

“As Mr. President completes his term, we plead and hope that the cordial relationship that has been established through very deliberate and concerted efforts will not be truncated.

“We beg him not to listen to the selfish demands of a few individuals who want to continue looting and draining the area.”

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