The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has threatened to expose more corrupt practices at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Legit.ng reports.
The students’ apex body in Nigeria also called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to stand on his ground and ensure the forensic audit of the commission was not sabotaged by powerful elements in the country.
In a statement sent to journalists on Saturday, July 18, Comrade Danielson Bamidele Akpan, president of NANS, confirmed the resolve of Nigerian students to embark on mass action, should anyone or group of persons attempt to disrupt the forensic audit.
“Forensic audit is not negotiable, any attempt by person or group of persons whose sharp practices in the commission is to frustrate the ongoing forensic audit will be met by the mass action of Nigerian students,” Akpan said.
According to him, the outcome of the forensic audit would bring an end to the days of perpetual corruption in the commission and thereafter making the funds serve the people of the region.
Akpan also lambasted the former managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Ms Joi Nunieh, describing her actions as conniving with enemies of Niger Delta.
He said the student body was alarmed at the latest twist and outburst from Ms Nunieh, wondering why “all these allegations and drama she is acting were not staged when she was in office as the acting MD of the commission.”
Akpan stressed that Ms Nuneih’s attack on Senator Godswill Akpabio is “designed in connivance with the distractors who she originally called detractors while she served as acting MD.”
Akpan described as false, the allegation of diversion of the scholarship fund, stressing that it was the current management of NDDC that hearkened to the cry of Nigerian students who study abroad and were stranded for years.
“As stakeholders in the Niger Delta, our frustration is that our students that have been stranded overseas just because of the commission’s failure to pay their school fees that were duly budgeted for in the commission budget since 2016 which was only rescued through the intervention of the present IMC under Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei.
“The same Miss Nunieh has ignored the appeal of students and left them to suffer until Professor Pondei came in,” he said.
Similarly, a group, Peoples Alliance for Indigenous Rights, has expressed concern over the conduct of Nunieh.
The group said the incidences witnessed in the last few days, especially the conduct of Nunieh is “a show of shame, prompted by wild allegations.”
The group at a briefing in Abuja on Thursday, July 16, further described the conduct of Nunieh as “overly dramatic and staged managed.”
Meanwhile, Akpabio said he has instructed his lawyers to seek necessary redress in court over the recent comments of Nunieh.
Nunieh had recently accused Akpabio of sexual harassment. The minister said he is approaching a competent court of jurisdiction over what he described as ‘defamatory statements’ made by the former NDDC acting MD.
In a related development, Donu Kogbara, ex-media adviser to Nunieh has advised her former principal to take the decision to relieve her of her duties in good fate.
Kogbara, a veteran journalist, gave the advice in a statement sent to journalists on Monday, July 13 while reacting to the recent controversy involving Nunieh and Akpabio.
She said that Nunieh’s claim that Akpabio attempted to force a corruption allegation against the chairman, Senate committee on NDDC, Peter Nwaoboshi, was baseless and untrue.
According to her, her former boss was a bad loser whose attitude left much to be desired.
BREAKING: Supreme Court Sacks APC Governorship Candidate
2023: ‘Bad Guys’ In Aso Rock Plotting For APC To Lose – Gov. El-Rufai
Edo Court Convicts Four One-Way Drivers, Slams N190, 000 Fine On Culprits
NUJ Delta Dissociates Self From SWAN Election
Modern Policing: IGP Launches ‘Smartphone’ Database Management System For Digilitization.Of Personnel Records
LASU Signs MoU With Michael Imoudu National Institute Of Labour Studies
What Do The Fulani Want?
Public, Private Primary, Secondary Schools In Delta To Resume Monday For 2022/2023 Second Term
Anambra: Husband Allegedly Beats Wife To Death Over Loaf Of Bread
Delta State’s Debt Set to Hit N850Bn, As Okowa Seeks Fresh N120Bn Loan
BEDC Appeals To Electricity Customers On Shortage Of Power Supply
Gunmen In Police Uniform Strike In Abraka, Abduct 5
Police Want Man Teaching Baby To Smoke In Viral Video
BREAKING: Supreme Court Grants Jailed Federal Lawmaker, Senator Nwaoboshi Fresh Respite
Crime23 hours ago
Lawyer Remanded In Correctional Facility For Alleged N10M Scam In Uyo
News14 hours ago
Biafra Groups Order Unknown Gunmen Out Of S’East, Appoint New Leader
News14 hours ago
Tambuwal’s Aide Dies After Stampede At Atiku’s Rally In Sokoto
News7 hours ago
Same Sex: Delta Community Decries High Rate, Says Act Is Barbaric
News9 hours ago
Yobe North: Lawan Backtracks, Seeks S’Court Intervention On Senatorial Ticket