The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow any interest to derail the on-going forensic auditing of the financial activities in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Mr Danielson Akpan
President of NANS made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Saturday.
Akpan called for a forensic audit of activities of the commission saying this would bring an end to the days of perpetual corruption in the commission and thereafter make the funds serve the people of the region.
According to him, it is our fervent believe that the forensic audit that capture 20 Years of its existence in our democracy excludes no party whether the APC or PDP and any administration.
“It will expose contract padding and duplication, multiplication of contracts by selected folder companies, shady and underhand dealings of colluding civil servants, politicians and including those who resort to petitions when affected by routine transfer, from the “juicy headquarters” among other anomalies.
“We are aware that some persons somewhere are dead-scared of the outcome of the NDDC Forensic Audit, and can do anything to make sure it does not succeed.
“After about 20years of the establishment of the NDDC, it is worrisome, that the vision of the founding fathers has remained blurred.
“Forensic audit is not negotiable, Nigerian students will stand for the development of the Niger Delta region.”
Akpan said that the move by the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio had become a consistent threat of business extinction to those who have, over the years, made brisk business portfolio from the contracts of NDDC.
He said this would no doubt generate mud and dust from the perpetrators which the honourable minister and those tasked by Mr. President must be prepared for.
“We are not amazed but alarmed at the latest twist and outburst from the immediate past Interim Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission Miss Joi Nunieh.
“The person of Senator Godswill Akpabio who from our assessment is upright and has contributed immensely to development of democracy in Nigeria, as Governor of Akwa Ibom State, the developmental projects he executed and his nationalistic attributes are testimonial.
“There is no gainsaying that the minister and the IMC are major targets and they need the support of all Niger-Delta people at this time, to rally round support and clean the augean table of the NDDC cabal.
“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to fortify the minister, the IMC and not to be hoodwinked into carrying out any action that attempt to undermine his good intentions to sanitize the NDDC and the Niger Delta region.
On allegations of diversion of school fees, Akpan called for immediate investigation into this.
He, therefore, said that any attempt by person or group of persons whose sharp practices in the commission is to frustrate the ongoing forensic audit will be met by mass action of Nigerian Students.