President Muhammadu Buhari directed a speedy and coordinated investigation into the fraudulent allegations in Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, on Thursday.
The president’s directive was contained in a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu. President Buhari asked the security and investigating agencies with the National Assembly to ensure better coordination among one another to ensure that the investigation into Niger Delta affairs ran smoothly and effectively.
According to President Buhari, this would ensure that the administration’s effort to bring sanity, transparency, and accountability to the management of the resources dedicated to the development of the Niger Delta sub-region is not derailed.
The President also explained that his administration wants to bring about “rapid, and sustainable development to the region.”
The statement reads: “In his reaction to the unfolding drama, which includes attacks and counter-attacks between and around persons, institutions, and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), President Buhari expressed his 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.
“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,” the statement adds.
“The President gave the firm assurance that his administration would put in place a transparent and accountable governance framework, not only in the NDDC but in all other institutions of government.”