Social Motion has known as on the Federal Authorities to launch the long-awaited audit report of the Niger Delta Growth Fee.
The civil advocacy group stated in an announcement that the report from a forensic audit carried out on the operations of the NDDC after the an ad-hoc committee of the Senate inaugurated an investigation in October 2020 must be launched to the general public.
Based on the assertion, the Minister for Niger Delta Affair, Mr Godswill Akpabio, stated every week in the past that the group of auditors charged with the audit had submitted the report back to his workplace.
Social Motion stated, “It could be recalled that in October 2020, the media was crammed with a number of experiences of unprecedented and monumental corruption manifesting in intensive contract frauds, procurement regulation infractions, non-budgetary and extra-budgetary spending, audit violations, cronyism, fiscal recklessness and flagrant disregard to procedural guidelines in addition to different monetary malpractices levelled in opposition to the administration of NDDC.
“The fee has failed to satisfy the wants and aspirations of the individuals of the Niger Delta. Reasonably than selling the area’s improvement agenda in keeping with its mandate, the NDDC has turn out to be a cesspool of corruption for which lots of its previous and current leaders haven’t solely been complicit, however have been indicted (in each previous and current probes and investigations).”
The group added, “These closely weighted allegations are all within the open earlier than residents of Nigeria. We, due to this fact, see no purpose why the end result of the report must be locked in secrecy.
“We hereby name on the president to promptly implement the suggestions of the audit report and anybody discovered wanting be prosecuted with rapid impact. The Ministry of the Niger Delta Affairs must also be mandated to make the forensic audit report accessible to the general public as quickly as potential.”
It stated this could assist construct belief within the authorities and restore residents’ confidence within the governance course of.
“Doing this may dispel the fears of any try and cover-up the sins of some thought of to be in excessive locations or any plans to current a watered-down model of the report,” the group added.
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