Wednesday, August 3, 2011

N69bn NDDC scam: Monarchs laud Jonathan over probe

3 August 2011

ABUJA—TRADITIONAL rulers of Oil Mineral Producing Communities of Nigeria, TROMPCON, yesterday hailed President Goodluck Jonathan over his planned probe of alleged N69 billion scandal rocking the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.

The monarchs also urged President Jonathan not to  contemplate scrapping the Commission or merging it with the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs against the backdrop that such an action will be detrimental to people of the Niger Delta region, adding that there was need for the peace which has returned to be nurtured.

In a statement by TROMPCON National Chairman, Oba Lawrence Adetemi Omowole11, the Amapetu of Mahin Kingdom, said they have watched with dismay reports of impunity with which the affairs of the NDDC have been run in the almost 20 months of its existence.

According to them, ‘’it was therefore with joy and relief that TROMPCON received last Wednesday’s constitution of an Administrative Panel by the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to look into the crisis in the Commission, as well as identify areas of rifts and infractions with a view to proffering solutions that will enhance institutional potency as well as strengthen values and virtues at the Commission.

To say the least, not only has Mr. President taken the right decision in the right direction, he has indeed, displayed his readiness to be thorough and decisive as far as the issues at the NDDC are concerned.

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