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NDDC Forensic Audit: Over 76 Abandoned Projects Completed

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No fewer than 76 projects awarded to various contractors by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, which were hitherto abandoned, have been completed and handed over the Commission.
 
Interim Administrator of NDDC, Mr. Efiong Akwa, stated this Tuesday in Abuja while presenting a lecture on the role of NDDC in National Development during the 4th Democracy Lecture series of the University of Abuja.
 
The event, which was organized by the Department of History and International Studies, drew participants from all works of life to the Faculty of Management Science Auditorium of the main campus of the institution.
 
Mr. Akwa noted that the various contractors were concerned about falling into the hands of the forensic auditors, which, he said, forced them back to site, leading to the completion of over 76 abandoned projects.
 
The NDDC boss however informed the gathering that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari was transforming the Commission to be better equipped to discharge its mandate. He said this was evident in the completion and commissioning of the thirteen storey headquarters of the commission by the president.
 
In his words: “I want to say that by Thursday or Friday we should be able to handover the keys of our Aba Road office to Rivers State Government.

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NDDC Forensic Audit: Over 76 Abandoned Projects Completed

He disclosed that the Commission has also donated science equipment to schools, adding: “We have donated hepatitis vaccines to all the states in the region. Anywhere you come from, if you walk into any hospital Rivers State or any state in Niger Delta and say that you want to take hepatitis vaccine, it is given to you free.

“We have graduated over 200 ICT professionals. Currently, we are about to complete the 1000 bed space hostel in the University of Uyo and have completed the 64 flats police quarters in Omagwa, Rivers State. You can imagine all these projects being abandoned when billions of Naira has been sunk into them. We make sure that those things that were vandalised, we have put them back and are due for commissioning,” he said.
 
Earlier in his remarks, the Vice Chancellor, University of Abuja, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’allah noted that issues of development were vital to the survival and competitiveness of Nigeria.

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He wondered why development has been difficult for the country, saying that “a greater part of Nigeria today still complains of unavailability of portable drinking water and other basic amenities.”
 
Professor Na’allah further stated that the creation of NDDC was fundamentally strategic to moving Nigeria forward and called on the various stakeholders to join hands in developing the region, which, he said, will in turn develop Nigeria.
 
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, who was represented at the event by his Chief of Staff, Sir Etekamba Umoren, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for being committed to addressing the yearnings of Niger Deltans, saying that the recent commissioning of the NDDC headquarters and other life-touching projects were a testament to the fact that “President Buhari is committed to the development of the region.”
 
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of awards to deserving personalities, including the NDDC Interim Administrator, Mr. Effiong Akwa. 

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Lai Mohammed unhappy media is underreporting military success against bandits

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Lai Mohammed says the military has already drastically reduced banditry.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has called on the media to give more attention to the military’s offensive against bandits in the northwest region.

Military operations against them have been stepped up in recent weeks, with the government shutting down telecommunications services in many parts of Zamfara, Katsina, and Sokoto to cut off the bandits’ information flow.

Mohammed said during a meeting with the Katsina State government on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 that the strategy is working, and has already drastically reduced banditry.

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Lai Mohammed unhappy media is underreporting military success against bandits

The minister however lamented that the government’s positive efforts have not received the kind of media attention given to the bandits.

“There is no doubt that the table is turning against the bandits, since Katsina and other affected states came up with a number of novel measures that got the bandits boxed in, and the military stepped up its kinetic approach,” he said.

The 69-year-old said the government’s success ‘should be trumpeted’ so as to encourage more states to adopt similar measures, and boost the morale of security agencies.

He said the government is very worried about the wave of violence in the northwest region, and expressed confidence the military will soon put an end to it.

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House of Representatives on Wednesday called for investigation into the alleged exclusion of Rivers from projects to be financed by a fresh World Bank loan.

Solomon Bob (PDP-Rivers) had alleged in the house that Rivers is the only state that would not benefit from the loans.

He stated that the report, if true, rendered the Federal Government’s action as contrary to the spirit and letters of the 1999 Constitution.

He added that it would be discriminatory against the people of Rivers and capable of creating a sense of alienation, exclusion and discontent.

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Bob added that the house had a responsibility to ensure that the affairs of the federation were conducted in accordance with the Constitution and the law of equity and fairness.

This, he said, should be followed with an overriding responsibility to deploy its Constitutional powers to ensure compliance on the part of the Executive.

He added that Nigeria is a federation that professes equity, fairness and social justice and that there were several constitutional provisions prohibiting all forms of discrimination on the basis of partisan leaning, religion, place of origin or tribe.

Reps to investigate exclusion of Rivers from World Bank loan benefits

He said that some sections of the Constitution imposed a duty on the Federal Government to ensure equitable distribution of resources and projects across the federation.

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The consequently mandated its Committee on Aids, Loans and Debt Management to liaise with the office of the Adviser on National Assembly Matters to the President to ascertain the veracity of the allegation.

It also mandated the committee to revert in 14 days for further legislative action.

The house noted that if other states were listed, Rivers should be included to benefit from the projects to be executed with the fresh loan.

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has expressed optimism that those attacking him for voicing out the criminal activities of suspected Fulani herdsmen would one day face the nemesis of their actions.

In an interview with DAILY POST, the governor expressed hope that the Supreme God would vindicate him following the attacks he had suffered while defending his people, stressing that the day of reckoning is coming.

The Governor accused some political actors in the state of sabotaging the interest of the people just to remain as Minister or gain the position of a party’s national chairman.

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Nemesis Is Coming On Those Attacking Me, Benue People – Gov Ortom

He said, “I will say it’s well. God will help us. All these things they are doing; the day of reckoning is coming. I can assure you. All these injustices; all the things that I have suffered on behalf of my people; the day of reckoning will come for all these blackmailers who have come out now to cause confusion in Benue State.

“The same people had benefited immensely from our people who voted them, but they are now turning our state into IDPs camps.

“God will judge us. And because they want to be National Chairman, they want to remain as Ministers, they do press conferences, they insult the people and walk on their graves and across their dead bodies. The day of reckoning is coming. Watch my words! I serve the living God”.

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DAILY POST recalls that the governor had recently been in war of words with the presidency and the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume over his calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle the security situation in Benue and other parts of the country.

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