Buhari Pledges To Recover Loots Thrown Up By Forensic Audit, Unveils UniUyo Hostel Donated By NDDC

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President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his commitment to recover every recoverable  fund from the recently concluded forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission

While regretting that a special development fund of the entire region was squandered by a few for more than 20 years, leaving many in penury, the President has vowed to ensure that those found culpable are made to face the law.

The President who delivered a virtual speech at the commissioning of a 1050 bed space NDDC Prototype Hostel at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom on Thursday,  also directed International Oil Companies (IOCs) to remit all statutory contributions to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to enable it to deliver on its mandate.

In his words “The lives of the people of the Niger Delta could be so much better, if the funding received by this commission since its inception, in billions of naira over the last 20 years, has been judiciously deployed in service of the people

“Therefore going forward, we shall ensure every recoverable kobo from the forensic audit, is recovered for use in service of the people of this region, and those found culpable shall face the Law”.

“I want to use the opportunity of this commissioning to direct all statutory contributors to the NDDC to remit all outstanding funds to the Commission, and to ensure this is done transparently and according to laid down procedure and process.

Speaking further on the corruption in NDDC, Buhari said, “the serial abuse, lack of delivery and what had become an entrenched institutional decay, was the reason why I called for the Forensic Audit.

On the ultramodern hostel complex, he said the feat achieved by the NDDC has justified his call for the conduct of the forensic audit and rekindled the hope that the Commission can deliver on its core mandate.

“This ultramodern hostel complex, built and donated to the University of Uyo by NDDC, renews our confidence that the forensic audit, which has been completed and currently being reviewed for necessary action, had achieved one of its core objectives.

“That objective is to rebuild the NDDC into an agency that is well equipped and better placed to facilitate sustainable regional development in a transparent and impactful way.

“Across many of our public universities and institutions of higher learning, our children face accommodation challenges. While private investors are taking advantage of this gap to provide accommodation, unfortunately, this often harshly tasks the resources of parents and guardians.

“This prototype university hostel consists of 1,050-bed spaces, 525 each for males and females, and is furnished to meet the needs of a university student. The complex also boasts of significant hard and soft infrastructure to ensure its sustainability and durability.

“The completion of this structure is equally in recognition of the importance government attaches to providing quality housing and improved education for all Nigerians.

“Significant part of this success story is that it could easily not have happened. The contract for this hostel was awarded as far back as 2004. It was one of many projects abandoned across the Niger Delta region, but which I directed the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to expeditiously complete and put to use.

“The Niger Delta Development Commission needs to demonstrate that it can achieve the objectives it was conceived for and make its impact felt all over the Niger Delta Region. The lives of the people of the Niger Delta could be so much better, if the funding received by this commission since its inception, in Billions of Naira over the last 20 years, has been judiciously deployed in service of the people”. He said

In his remarks earlier, Minister Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio applauded  President Muhammadu  Buhari for keeping to his promise of making the Niger Delta Region better than he met it.

In his words  “We are today commissioning one of the projects hitherto abandoned by subsequent administrations. President Buhari’s commitment to bringing positive changes to the Niger Delta region has led to the commissioning of abandoned projects all over the region.

“A few months ago, we commissioned the headquarters of the NDDC that was abandoned, the SPU Quarters in Port Harcourt and several others scattered across the region.

“By next year, we will be commissioning the power project in Ese Odo in Ilaje, Ondo State among several other projects completed across the region.”.

Speaking further, the former Senate Minority Leader and former Governor of Akwa Ibom State called on all lovers of progress to rally around the president to do more for the region by giving him the needed support,

“We are now at the verge of commissioning the second Niger Bridge which was conceived by previous administrations but abandoned, but it has now been taken over by this administration and heading towards completion before President Buhari leaves office.”

In his welcome address, Sole Administrator of the NDDC, Dr. Efiong Akwa, charged the students and the institution’s management to ensure that the facility is optimally maintained for longevity.  Saying, ” Let me also urge the students who will live here and use the facilities with an understanding of the sacrifices made by all, particularly by government, to provide them with a better living and learning environment.

“My dear students let me call on all of you to do all that must be done to maintain this hostel complex. Own it. Make it yours. Be proud of it. Keep it well. Prove with this that you are, indeed, the promise and future of a better Niger Delta region for which the Niger Delta Development Commission was established.”

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