Former Rivers State Senator Magnus Abe has praised President Muhammadu Buhari over the order of forensic audit into the activities of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) since its inception.
In a statement made available to Naija News, the chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) stated that the commission has turned to a battleground.
He lamented the deviation by different boards of the commission from the original vision of the commission, and the abandonment of the Master Plan for the development of the Niger Delta.
According to Senator Abe, a culture of corruption has characterized the activities of the NDDC.
He said: “Every day you go to NDDC, there’s a fight, physical fight. The youths block the gate and then there is the shooting of tear gas by security operatives. So it has reached a point where we need to sit down and have a fresh conversation on the way forward.
“We need to be clear about what is acceptable and what is not. We need to be clear about what we can do and what we cannot do. We need to be clear that those who breach the understandings that we reach moving forward will be dealt with in a way that all of us can see and understand that this kind of behaviour will no longer be tolerated.
“A lot of times when people get there they think that their obligation is to keep the oil flowing but that is not the purpose of the NDDC. The purpose of NDDC is to provide an enabling environment for economic prosperity in the Niger Delta including oil.
“The time has come for us to have a clear understanding of the direction and purpose of the commission. It must be to provide a livelihood, infrastructure, lasting infrastructure for the Niger Delta, the political direction of the commission needs to be very clear.
“There is a need to reposition the commission. I’m not against the political interference but the interference should be targeted towards the agreed direction.”
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