By Binebai Princewill
A Niger Delta group operating under the auspices of Creek Dragons (CD) has accused the minister of Niger Delta Affairs cum supervising minister of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), His Excellency, Sen. Godswill Akpabio of turning the commission to his personal property, thereby calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack him on the ground of alleged corrupt practices in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)
Creek Dragons (CD) lashed out on Akpabio on the grounds of allege corruption and fronting the banner of nepotism in the commission, stating that well meaning Ijaws must speak up to put an end the prevailing quagmire hoovering in the commission.
Speaking among other issues, the group had called on President Muhammadu Buhari to terminate the Interim Management Committee, stressing that it has become a conduit pipe in milking the NDDC dry.
The group made this known to newsmen in Warri yesterday via a statement personally signed by the national president of Creek Dragons, self styled Gen. Freedom Adowei, a copy of which was sent to The Liberator Newspaper.
Gen. Adowei had also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to look into the several allegations levelled against Akpabio and do the needful by sacking him for promoting corruption under his reign as president of the country.
However, the Creek Dragons noted that Akpabio’s presence as minister in the Buhari’s administration that is fighting a war against corruption must not accommodate him as he may bankrupt NDDC before the end of this administration.
They particularly cautioned President Buhari to immediately sack Akpabio before he stains the next level change mantra of the APC led federal government, adding that not investigating and removing Akpabio may put a question mark to the anti corruption war in the country, championed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Highlighting some of the frauds plotted and orchestrated by Akpabio, Creek Dragons revealed that it is no longer a news that the NDDC, a commision established to pacify the Ijaws who fought and die for its establishment has been turned against them.
Freedom Adowei alleged that at the moment, Akpabio have transferred all Ijaws and Urhobos who had hitherto been working on the main office in PortHarcourt, Rivers State to other states smaller offices while he has successfully brought in his people from Akwa-Ibom state to fill all these offices.
The implication according to the group is that these his alleged kinsmen will now act as his surrogates and have started withdrawing large sum of money from the account of NDDC for his personal use.
They further maintained that the NDDC of today under Akpobio have decided not to pay any contractor that is from the Ijaw extraction.
“As each day rise and falls, it is becoming more and more glaring that Akpabio has for long declared war against the Ijaws, we will not allow this to happen, we will no who is smarter at the end of the day”.
Another area the group highlighted is that Akpabio has through the water hycinth scheme personalised it to himself and his people alone as Ijaws were not considered in any way, a situation Adowei stated that billions of nairas have been moved out for that purpose.
The statement further maintained that even the acting chairman of the Commitee, Prof. Pondei is helpless as Akpabio have surrounded him with Akwa-Ibom PAs and SAs, stressing that even the man is helpless because it was Akpabio that suggested his name for the appointment since they where class mates back then in school.
Meanwhile, president of the group had noted that they will continue to speak for the interest of Niger Deltans until the needful is done for the removal of Akpabio, adding that their statements will be more visible in the media regarding this matter as the media war has just began.
Adowei said Niger Deltans are in a very big mess as nothing tangible is heard about what Akpabio is doing with funds allocated to the ministry of Niger Delta Affairs but has allegedly decided to go on a looting sprey in NDDC.
Creek Dragons however, commended the National Assembly for their swift response to probe the NDDC, stressing that the probing must not serve as a decoy as Niger Deltans already know what is happening in the commission.
The group expressed sadness on how a mere interim committee have wasted billions of naira within three months, “The money wasted by the Interim Management Committee of NDDC is more than what any substantive board can even spend, this is really wonderful as a committee inaugurated to carry out forensic audit is now spending money more than a constituted board, Nigeria is fast becoming a joke “. The statement added.
Adowei reiterated that the constitution of the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC is not only a fraud but an illegal arrangement perpetuated by Akpabio to milk the commission dry.