29 August 2011
PALPABLE fear and tension have heightened since Friday after the Presidential Probe Panel set up to examine the operations of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) submitted its findings to the presidency.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, had received the report of the panel headed by former Head of Service of the Federation (HOS), Mr Stephen Orosanye, amidst promises to study it and implement aspects of the panel’s recommendations expected to restore sanity to the interventionist agency.
Only on Thursday last week, President Goodluck Jonathan described suggestions to dissolve the Governing Board of the NDDC as unlawful, saying those found culpable will rather be shown the way out of the commission if only to avoid punishing those without traces of corruption.
Strong indications emerged the weekend that some powerful lobby groups have inundated the presidency with requests through cronies, that only a total dissolution of the board of the NDDC can restore sanity to the body, even as stakeholders warned of the possible legal and political implications of a suggestion in that direction.
“Our irreducible demand is that the findings and observations of the Oronsaye Committee be made public to put paid to the endless claims of self-righteousness and infantile appeal to ethnic sentiments by those entrusted with the management of our common wealth,” the statement read in part.