The Niger Delta Students, has urges the National Assembly to desist from the act of insubordination and duplication while investigating the alleged N40billion fraud levelled against the Interim Management Committee (IMC) in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The group in a statement jointly signed by the President, Comrade Joshua Azibakanye Azi and Secretary, Comrade Ufouma Erheriene and Comrade Atsyeinku Franklin, in Abuja.
The statement read in parts: “The action of the National Assembly will only succeed in wasting tax payers money, distracting and delaying the process of the forensic audit that has been ordered and initiated by President Buhari.
“As some of us are already suspecting that some of this Senators and Honorables has skeleton under their cupboard in NDDC as contractors and that is why they don’t want Mr President to see the final report the IMC will tender to him at the end of the process of auditing.
“This is the main reason behind all this distraction from the National Assembly to distract the IMC from the main job they are hired to do by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The National Assembly should allow the IMC to do their job and let Mr. President access the credibility, transparency and sincerity of the job and let them focus on other issue affecting the country with regards to National interest,” he said.
They noted that Mr. President set up IMC which is been supervise by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio whom the nation as termed as the uncommon transformation based on his pedigree in Akwa Ibom state and the IMC which is directly under his supervision are yet to conclude their audit which they will eventually submit to Mr President.
The group further said that it’s worrisome when we read reports seeking to crucify IMC of NDDC setup and inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari strictly for the purpose of forensic audit of the commission, whose Federal Government has injected so much funds in for over a decade and nothing to show for it in the Niger Delta region with regards to development.
Adding that why then is the National Assembly calling for another supervision and probing even when Mr President is yet to see the IMC final report.
“To we this is gross abuse of power and duplication of duty. We are not unaware that the National Assembly is empowered for oversight function when necessary, but not when Mr President has giving other on same issue. Or are we running a parallel Government in this country? It’s now apparent the Senate is undermining the power of Mr. President who believe in due process and rule of law