By Ovie Okpare
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday June 12 said there no going back on the forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Buhari stated this during his Democracy Day broadcast on Friday, saying his administration would ensure that whatever that is coming to the commission was well accounted for.
He explained that the people of the Niger Delta region will get what is due them including through the interventionist agency.
The President comment is coming on the heels of the cold war between the National Assembly and the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of NDDC over alleged N40 billion scandal rocking the interim body.
Groups and stakeholders in the region have been calling for the disbandment of the IMC over the N40 billion scandal.
He noted that he would soon commission the head office of the interventionist agency as work on the project was almost ready.
Buahri further stated that the country continues to maintain its oil production following the sustained peace in the once fragile and restive region.
He noted that his administration would continue to build on the existing peace in the region by ensure the completion of the East-West Road by end of 2021 through adequate funding of the project.
“With sustained engagement of youths, opinion leaders and other stakeholders, we have restored peace in the Niger Delta Region and maintained our oil production levels.
“The Head office of the Niger Delta Development Commission will be commissioned shortly. The Funding of sections I–IV of the East-West Road shall be pursued with a view to completing the project by the end of 2021.
“Furthermore, I am determined to ensure that development meant for the people of the Niger Delta get to them so I have authorised a Forensic Audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission”, Mr President added.