By Ayodele Oni, Akure
Only a forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) would return the interventionist agency to the path of fiscal discipline, accountability and transparency, Ondo state Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has observed.
The governor expressed the view on the heels of the inauguration of the Interim Management Committee by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, even as he hailed the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari that NDDC be audited.
Governor Akeredolu spoke through a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Ojo Oyewamide.
”The directive by Mr President that a forensic audit of the NDDC be carried out remains the best in the direction of transparency, accountability and fiscal discipline.
”Such move, no doubt, sets not just a benchmark but a desirable check on how the agency would be run now and in the near future. The directive is noble and deserves every support it requires.
”It is against this backdrop that I congratulate the three-man Interim Management Committee headed by Dr (Mrs) Gbene Joi Nunieh as the Acting Managing Director. I have no doubt that the team is conscious of the enormity of the assignment before it,” the governor said.
The Minister had on Tuesday night inaugurated a three-Man interim committee to oversee the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, while the Forensic Audit is going on.
Other members of the committee are Chief Cairo Ojougboh, Executive Director, Project, and Chief Ibanga Bassey Etah, Executive Director, Finance.