The Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC is worried by the recommendation made by the National Assembly to return the Commission to the supervision of the Presidency.
A statement by the Commission”s Director, Corporate Affairs, Charles Odili quoted the Acting Director of Projects NDDC, Cairo Ojuougboh as saying that the activities of some lawmakers were constituting a stumbling block to the operations of the Commission and should be critically examined for the country to move forward
Ojuougboh made the statement when he paid a courtesy call on the Asagba of Asaba,Obi Chike Edosien in Asaba on his way to the launch of the N450million Covid-19 palliatives procured for the Police by the NDDC.
Recalled that the NDDC had during the investigation by the National Assembly said that it disbursed a total of N1.5billion as Covid-19 relief package out of which about N450million was given to the police to buy face masks and hand sanitizers
He said ” They want to take it back to the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation which supervised it for 15 years
He further stated” In those years,N3trillion was committed and the SGF and the National Assembly didn’t see what was happening, Now that the NDDC has started to make progress, should it return to where it came from?
At the Police Covid-19 equipment launch, which had the Inspector General of Police as Special Guest, Ojuougboh said the intervention was neccessary to assist the police to protect its members from falling victim to Covid-19 pandemic
He said the palliatives such as face masks, hand sanitisers, thermometers,hand gloves and disinfection machines would be distributed to all police commands in the Niger Delta.
According to him, the Covid-19 parliatives would not have been possible in the past because some members of the National Assembly would divert the funds adding “Before now, the two chairmen of the two chambers of the National Assembly were the defacto managers of the NDDC.