A Pan Niger Delta socio-political pressure group, Movement for the Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta, MOSIEND said it aligns itself with the position of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen Godswill Akpabio that the ongoing field forensic Audit, if concluded will clean the mess in the commission and ensure a smooth take off of the new board.
MOSIEND stated its position through the National Director of Mobilization, Alhaji A A Brown while interacting with newsmen in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
According to Alhaji Brown, MOSIEND expressed doubt over the competence and genuineness of the Auditing Firm to deliver on its mandate within the stipulated time.
He noted that because of the importance of the Field Forensic Audit exercise to the communities and the region at large, MOSIEND swung into action by sensitizing its teeming members on how to engage and mobilize community youth leaders, Community Development Committees and elders of the communities to receive the field forensic auditors and ensure their safety, as well as monitor and observe the on-spot evaluation process.
He said : ” MOSIEND believing that for the program to be transparent and credible, such engagements would have been key but sadly, since the Ministes’s announcement of the commencement of the field aspect of the Audit, non of the auditors nor their representatives have visited the communities where these projects are sited, nor have these communities seen or spotted their presence.
” Recall that part of the job of the Auditing firm was to inspect and evaluate about 12,000 uncompleted projects within the Niger Delta Region which the Federal Government has approved funds well over 1.25b budgeted for the projects.
“We are wondering what report the auditors are about to be submitted when they have not visited any of the communities. We urge Sen Godswill Akpabio to direct the Auditors to immediately mobilize to the site as the stakeholders in the communities are waiting to receive them, compare their checklists for onward verification and assessment, they have to do a thorough and transparent job and not squander government resources by hiding under any disguise of time constraints thereby doing a shoddy job.”
He added that for the forensic audit to achieve its purpose the Minister should engage all concerned and seek extention of the timeline for the submission of the report of the Auditors.
Concerning the management of NDDC, he noted that MOSIEND frowned at the politics surrounding the NDDC board composition, where the positions are used for political patronages thereby sacrificing merit and showcasing incompetent which is the main reason for the endless setback of the interventionist agency.
” Look at this, successive boards have held several fora just to jumpstart the Niger Delta Master Plan which is widely accepted by stakeholders and governments as the blueprint to address the infrastructural and socioeconomic decays of the region, sadly, enough, none of them seems to get it right.
” Chief Ndotimi Alaibe should be invited to manage the Board. Chief Timi Alaibe is among those who painstakingly initiated and crafted the Niger Delta Master Plan, he is still very young and active and can fast track development because he knows how and where to start.
” NDDC Board appointment should be devoid of politics and party patronage, it should be a stakeholders driven process .We opine that the Governors of the Region should invite Chief Timi Alaibe for a discussion and recommend strongly for his appointment as the Managing Director of NDDC to reposition the agency for optimal service delivery.
“We have to get it right. Experience is very vital, most especially, having spent such whooping sum in pursuit of the Forensic Audit,” Ahaji Brown stated..