10 September 2011
Was it the media that actually created the current simmering crisis of confidence rocking the intervention agency, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)? To the chairman of the eight-man panel set up by the presidency, who visited the organisation recently, Mr. Steve Oronsoye, the answer is, probably, in the affirmative, if the statement credited to him during the visit to the commission’s headquarters is anything to go by.
His comment was arguably pre-emptive of the findings of his panel, which has the sole but important assignment of unravelling the mystery behind the raging alleged contract scam in the multi-billion naira entity.
“Our committee is here because of the bad press reports against the NDDC. It is our work to find out the truth and make appropriate recommendations. It is our hope that at the end of the exercise, the NDDC will be better than it is,” he reportedly said. He had led his team on a fact-finding visit to the NDDC headquarters in Port-Harcourt following the persistent allegations and counter-allegations surrounding the scam and quoted as saying no one should harbour the fear of losing his position.