Nyesom Wike, the Governor of Rivers State, has accused the immediate past board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), of spending N10 billion to remove him from office, but failed.
Wike stated this on Wednesday, during a courtesy visit by the interim management committee of the NDDC to the Government House in Port Harcourt.
He lamented that the commission has lost its mandate to development the Niger Delta region.
The governor said the NDDC has become an avenue for politicians to make money.
“Those who fought for the establishment of NDDC will weep that the Commission has deviated from its mandate. NDDC has collapsed. NDDC has become a cash cow for politicians.
“NDDC is now a political institution. NDDC stole our money. There was an agreement for the Rivers State Government and NDDC to collaborate for the construction of the Mother and Child Hospital. NDDC refused to pay her counterpart fund. Even the N800million paid by the Rivers State Government, the NDDC only paid N400m to the contractor and diverted N400million.
“If they don’t pay our money, we will Institute a legal action against the NDDC to retrieve our money.
“After the former Board released N10billion to remove me from office and they failed, they came here for a courtesy visit. I asked them why they refused to partner with states for the development of the Niger Delta “, he said.
He informed that it was Niger Delta governors that demanded forensic audit of the commission, because of the massive rot in it.
“Niger Delta Governors asked for the forensic audit of the NDDC when we met with the President. We also asked for the setting up of the Board of Governors for NDDC.
“I urge the interim committee to carry out a proper audit. You will meet obstacles, but be determined to do a thorough job “, he urged.
He implored the people of south-south to work in unity, to develop the geo-political zone.
On the leadership of NDDC, he noted that the appointment of officials is strictly a function of the executive arm of government.
While congratulating the acting Managing Director of the commission and members of the interim committee, Wike vowed that he would never be a party to any plot to remove a Rivers indigene from position of responsibility.
He complained that despite the billions of naira being pumped into the NDDC, it has accumulated huge debts with no meaningful projects across the Niger Delta.