Brambaifa NDDC MD Right With an E U Official
The Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC has condemned recent attacks on its management from several persons in the Niger Delta region. The Director of Corporate Affairs, Charles Odili stated this in Port Harcourt even as he also restated the commitment of the agency to the development of the oil rich region.
Odili observed that the attacks on the management of the commission was aim at discouraging and derailing the effort put in by its management to deliver on its core mandate.
A terse statement released by Odili reads”The management of the Niger Delta Developement Commission NDDC has noticed a flurry of attacks in the media against the commission in the last past three weeks.
“The attacks bear the hallmark of a carefully choreographed campaign to bring down the executive management of the commission and impair its ability to deliver on its mandate as an interventionist agency.
“This campaign started with petitions to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC alleging financial impropriety when there was none.
“It is instructive to note that officials of the crime commission being persons with proven intellect and integrity saw through the pack of lies, and thus exonerated the executive management from any malfeasance. The discerning public also saw through the monumental lie, as no person or entity in Nigeria can withdraw N2.8billion in cash across the counter.
“Next came allegations of the “Squandering of N750 billion by the executive management in four months” laughable as the allegation sounds, it has been repeated in several online platforms. Thankfully none of the mainstream media outlets has caught on to this for the simple reason that the allegations defy commonsense”
“For a start, the entire budget of the commission in the last two years is not up to that amount. Funds available to the commission in the last two years is nowhere near the amount, how come anyone can claim a commission can squander what it does not have beats the imagination.
“Anyone conversant with the public sector rules, and the strict financial regulations enforced by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will know that a government agency cannot spend what amounts to more than twice its two years budget in four months.
“The allegations against the commission flies in the face of the excellent work the present executive management led by Prof Nelson Brambaifa has done to deliver on its core mandate of developing the region,” The statement insisted.