- Appeals for support of oil state governors
By Amina Yahaya
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Youths Monday commended President Muhammadu Buhari for setting up a Steering Management Committee to probe the account of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The youths also appealed to the oil-producing state governors to support the committee probing the financial records of the NDDC so that the region will be developed.
The Youths Vanguard noted that while the region was suffering as a result of misappropriation of the funds meant for the development of the region, the people vested with the authority to utilize the funds were having bazaar and looting the commonwealth of the people.
Specifically, the youths, in a statement by its National Chairman, James Efe Akpofure, noted that not more than two senators and other stake-holders were suspected in the looting spree, all in the name of carrying out fathom projects for the people.
The group added that the setting up of forensic audit committee by President Buhari will unravel those behind the homogenous corruption perpetuated in the NDDC, who enriched themselves at the expense of the region.
“We are appealing to the the governors to support the Committee to unravel those behind the underdevelopment of the region. The region has actually suffered in the hands of the few who looted the commonwealth meant for the development of the oil states.
“We commended President Muhammadu Buhari for setting up the Committee to audit the financial records of the NDDC, so that for the first time accountability will be brought to bear in the Commission.
“The region cannot continue to suffer in the hands of the few, who because of one connection or the other milk and suck the oil states of the funds meant for the development of the entire region.
“The earlier we put an end to this criminality the better for us, who want the region to develop like other advanced nations. Few people cannot continue to deprive the majority of what is meant for them.”