President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to move fast and cleanse the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) of the stinking corruption that has bedeviled it over the years.
The President, therefore, directed security and investigating agencies working in conjunction with the National Assembly to bring sanity, transparency and accountability to the management of the large amount of resources dedicated to development of the Niger Delta sub-region.
Reacting to the unfolding drama, which includes attacks and counter-attacks between and around persons, institutions, and the NDDC, President Buhari expressed strong determination to get to the root of the problem undermining the development of the Niger Delta and its peoples in spite of enormous national resources voted year after year for this singular purpose.
According to the directive, auditing firms and investigative agencies working in collaboration with National Assembly Committees to resolve the challenges in the NDDC must initiate actions in a time-bound manner and duly inform the Presidency of the actions being taken.
The President also directed timely sharing of information and knowledge in a way to speedily assist the administration to diagnose what had gone wrong in the past and what needs to be done to make corrections in order to return the NDDC to its original mandate of making life better for people in Niger Delta.
He made it clear that his government will stop at nothing to bring about rapid, even and sustainable development to the region, stressing that he would put in place a transparent and accountable governance framework, not only in the NDDC but in all other institutions of government.