President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday urged the National Assembly, law enforcement agencies and audit firms currently probing into allegations of corruption in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to work with urgency and sense of purpose, saying his administration is determined to get to the root problem undermining the development of the Niger Delta.
Allegations of massive corruption in the NDDC have come to the fore in the past week as lawmakers probe into how N40bn was recklessly squandered in the Commission between January and March, 2020.
Buhari, in a series of tweets on Thursday, said his government was “determined to get to the root of the problem undermining the development of the Niger Delta, in spite of the enormous national resources dedicated to this annually. This administration remains committed to bringing rapid, even and sustainable development to the region.”
The president urged all investigating agencies and auditing firms working with the National Assembly to probe into allegations of corruption in NDDC to work with urgency and sense of purpose, adding that he is “determined to entrench transparency and accountability applies not only to the NDDC, but also to all other institutions of the Federal Government. We will not relent.”
“All investigating agencies and auditing firms currently working collaboratively with National Assembly Committees to audit and reposition the NDDC must act with urgency and a sense of purpose, and ensure that I am kept informed of any and all actions being taken.
“In line with this, I have made it clear to the National Assembly and our investigating and law enforcement agencies to pursue better coordination in their work, so that the shared goal of ensuring sanity, transparency and accountability of dedicated funds can be achieved,” Buhari said.