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PDP wary of possible abuse of NDDC funds

08 January 2016, 20:30

Abuja - The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) fears the abuse of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to fund the All Progressives Congress (APC) election campaigns.

The recent appointment of Ibim Semenitari to head the NDCC is the source of such fears ahead of the re-run governorship election in Bayelsa, set for Saturday.

PDP has over some time accused Semenitari of abuse of funds during her tenure as former Information Commissioner in the Rivers State during APC reign in Rivers.

She has denied the allegations.

However, she has been drawn into the controversy surrounding the alleged misappropriation of N82 million on a reported three-hour dinner organized for Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka.

It is reported the dinner was held at a time staff, pensioners and contractors of the State Ministry of Information and Communication were owed salaries, pensions, gratuities, and control fund.

PDP said facilities at the state-owned media establishments were also moribund and obsolete, and needed to be enhanced during the period.

“For the Party, this action by the then Commissioner, Mrs Ibim, was a clear case of financial recklessness and misappropriation, and one sure way this could be discouraged in public service is the prompt investigation and arrest of those responsible for the fraudulent actions,” said Jerry Needam, PDP Rivers Spokesperson.

Needam said following Semenitari’s appointment to the NDDC, authorities should check possible abuse of funds meant for the development of
oil-devastated communities in the region into funding the APC.

“We call on the relevant authorities to be on alert and to check the flow of funds from the Commission thoroughly during the period she may be in charge,” said Needam.

- CAJ News


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