“For nineteen years, billions of naira was allocated without commensurate infrastructural facilities to show for it, but what did we get? Mismanagement and outright embezzlement of the funds meant for human capital and infrastructural development of their respective states’
-October 20, 2019, news/comments.
WARRI-Accusing state governors of South-South of not been judicious in the management of the 13% derivation fund, is the Host Communities of Nigeria, HOSCON, who said that it is not the duty of the region state governors to authoritatively tell President Muhammadu Buhari what to do especially in the recent appointment of people into the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC Board.
This was disclosed by Dr Emu Emuh-led leadership of HOSCON through its National Director of Media and Publicity, Okakuro Monday Whiskey during the weekend.
HOSCON, therefore, applauded President Buhari for ordering forensic audit of NDDC, noting that there is no room for any corrupt practices. The statement further reads
“For the Niger Delta governors whose management of 13 percent derivation fund is generating a lot of controversies; it is uncharitable and unbecoming for them to want to tell the President on how to appoint people into NDDC.” For nineteen years, billions of naira was allocated without commensurate infrastructural facilities to show for it, but what did we get? Mismanagement and outright embezzlement of the funds meant for human capital and infrastructural development of their respective states”.
“HOSCON wants the President to urgently redirect the management of 13 percent derivation fund as the management style of the current governors is more bedeviled with fraud than is currently obtained in the NDDC”.
“We believe that redirection of 13 percent derivation fund remains the only solution to the multi-trillion fraud that occurred in the current management regime of 13 percent derivation fund. Just like NDDC, the region received over N44 trillion as 13 percent derivation fund in the past 19 years and if we want to be fair to ourselves, we should be bold enough to say that nothing tangible is on the ground to justify these huge allocations,”
Meanwhile, The Oron Youth Movement, OYOM, a civil rights group in Akwa Ibom State has , urged all well-meaning people of Niger Delta region and across the country to see the need to support the NDDC Managing Director designate, Mr. Bernard Okumagba, to deliver on his mandate.
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