The Anambra State chairman of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, Domain Okeke-Ogene, on Sunday, described the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) as a failed project.
Okeke-Ogene, in a telephone interview with our correspondent, was reacting to the corruption allegations against the management of the NDDC.
He alleged that the commission failed because some political elite in Niger Delta saw the funds meant for the development of the region as their personal money.
“The purpose of the NNDC has been defeated by the corruption in the system.
“What we need mostly now in the country is restructuring because it will give every person a sense of belonging and at the same time address some of the issues that encourage corrupt practices in the country,” he said.
The Network for Best Practice and Integrity in Leadership, in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari by its Director of Investigations Dr Aminu Idris, urged Buhari to save the nation, “especially the hapless people of the Niger Delta of the trauma of watching the political class squander the money meant for the development of the region.”
The deputy president of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Adamu Matazu, in a statement, said: “we stand with the National Assembly ad-hoc committee and people of the Niger Delta region, and we hope and pray that justice will prevail at the end of the day and all those vultures and economic vampires wreaking havoc in the NDDC would be exposed and put to shame.”
Similarly, the Civil Society Against Corruption, in a statement, asked the National Assembly to hands off the investigation into the alleged financial impropriety at the NDDC “to avoid another witch-hunt and a situation whereby it’ll end in controversy just like many probes initiated by National Assembly.’’