How Forensic audit, completion of NDDC Headquarters created more enemies for Akpabio
The Special Assistant to the Minister of Niger Delta on Project Monitoring Committee on NDDC, Anthony Ekene Onwuka, has indicated that his boss, Godswill Obot Akpabio is the most Petitioned more than any minister in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet, because he ordered the Forensic Audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Speaking with journalists in Abuja on the update of issues on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Onwuka, disclosed that the minister is also being fought because he completed the NDDC headquarters which has been abandoned for over 26 years before he was appointed minister.
He said most of the petitions against the comes from those who didn’t mean well for the development of Niger Delta region, according to the minister’s aide.
Onwuka pointed out that ever since since Akpabio ordered a forensic audit of the Commission’s previous projects, his traducers would not give him breathing space.
According to him, the forensic audit initiated by Akpabio would unveil sharp practices with regards to authenticity of some projects or otherwise, a situation that challenged the old order, thereby, letting hell loosed with all forms of petitions to frustrate him out of office.
He said: “But l am worried that some people don’t want Akpabio to succeed; they do everything possible to sabotage him by writing all manner of petitions against him.
“However, he is an enigma and a transformer who seriously want to change the narrative in the Niger Delta region.
“I will never forget the day he was addressing his staff, and he said, ‘NDDC must succeed and Niger Delta must register uncommon development.
“What will I tell my children tomorrow; I must stamp my trademark, my brother, you need to see the passion for a better Niger Delta. The love for his people, I was challenged and when he said SA, go back to your office, you have my support.
“At this juncture, I want to humbly appeal to all stakeholders in the Niger Delta region to support Senator Akpabio in his efforts to make NDDC work, develop and sustain a new Niger Delta region.”
“Since he assumed office, the Minister has completed the NDDC’s headquarters after 26 years in the works, a project that defied seven consecutive boards and many CEOs.
“When the Interim Management Committee (lMC) was accused of corruption and ineptitude, Senator Akpabio, in his struggle to succeed as a supervising minister of the agency, accepted the introduction of the appointment of an Interim Administrator by Mr President to ensure a smooth running system pending the completion of the forensic audit report before the constitution of a substantive board according to relevant sections of our constitution.
“Within this period of the Interim Administrator, the NDDC permanent site was completed and commissioned by President Buhari, saving NDDC a whopping 300 million Naira paid as yearly rent by the commission”, he said.
Onwuka, who is a Diaspora Nigerian having lived in Germany for years called on Nigerians living abroad to come home and invest in the economy, saying the system in Nigeria wasn’t different from those foreign countries, save for culture and tradition of the people.
“The system here in Nigeria is not completely different from the one we know abroad, except that our customs and values here are not the same, and these are variables that one has to contend with.
“Frankly, the Nigerian system in particular, presents a lot of interesting challenges but they are still surmountable.”
Sallah: NUJ Commends Maktoub Publisher for Support
The Nigeria Union of Journalists, FCT Council, has commended the Publisher/CEO of Maktoub Strategic PR and Publishing, Mariam Mohammed, for her continued support to the union.
In a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, the chairman of the council, Emmanuel Ogbeche, described Ms. Mohammed as a consumate public relations and media strategist who is always ready to offer support.
In the statement signed by Secretary of the NUJ FCT Council, Ochiaka Ugwu, he said the latest donation of rams and several bags of rice is a testament to her understanding of the harsh media environment.
“Ms. Mariam Maktoub Mohammed has over time demonstrated that she is friend of the NUJ FCT and continues to offer her support.
“It would be recalled that she was one of the earliest people to donate hand sanitisers and face masks to the Union in the battle against Covid-19.
“Others in PR and media management generally need to learn institutional partnership from her,” the statement reads.
According to Ogbeche, the NUJ looks forward to continue working closely with the Maktoub Group especially in the area of strategic communication and capacity building.
Leke Abejide celebrates Chief Shola Adebola at birthday
The Honourable member representing Yagba Federal Constituency and the Chairman, House Committee on Customs & Excise, Honorable Leke Abejide has felicitated with his Chief of Staff and the Director-General Leke Abejide Foundation, Chief Shola Adebola Gadaffi on the occasion of his birthday.
The Special adviser on Media and Publicity to the lawmaker Abraham Ibukun Eunice quoted him to have described Chief Adebola as an astute leader, pathfinder and mobiliser who has achieved so much for the foundation through utmost dedication and desire to grow.
The statement reads, “His approach towards the efficient organisation and perfect interactions with people in different areas and all works of life has brought about stability to him.
“Chief Shola Adebola is my brother, a great man with tremendous value and honour, community builder, leader, and magnate with content.
“It is with great honour and privilege that I write to congratulate you on the occasion of your birthday. Your contributions to the growth and development of our Leke Abejide foundation remains indelible, incredible and super amazing “On behalf of myself and the good people of Yagba Federal Constituency I congratulate Hon. Shola Adebola on this day as he marks his birthday anniversary.
He prayed that as he marks a milestone in his life, God will grant him long life, sound health and more strength to carry on with a greater and clearer vision.
CUPP National Secretary eulogises Imoke at 60
The National Secretary of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), High Chief Peter Ojonugwa Ameh has eulogised former Governor of Cross Rivers State, Senator Liyel Imoke, on the occasion of his 60th birthday anniversary.
In a Congratulatory Statement made available to the NationalUpdate in Avuja on Saturday Ameh described Senator Imoke as a man with incredible leadership qualities, contributing significantly to the glorious years of Nigeria’s return to democracy between 1999 and 2003.
He said the former Senator in clocking 60, reflects a life of dedication to God and humanity, adding that: “He posseses remarkable Leadership qualities whose years of experience in Resource Adminstration, Legal Practice, Legislature, and statesmanship remain unequalled.”
Beyond sixty, the CUPP Secretary asked Senator Imoke to keep his fire of love, selfless service, compassion, philanthropy, and mentorship to the younger generation burning, praying he witnesses more milestones in sound health, capacity, and wisdom of the Almighty God.
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