…Says Akpabio’s humility/Oporoza visit averted national challenge
From Amos Odeh
Delta State deputy governor, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro says Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) board’s inauguration will not stop its forensic audit touted for the delay, adding that “Senator Godswill Akpabio’s humble visit to Oporoza deflected another Niger Delta crisis/ national challenge “
Otuaro who spoke to newsmen in Warri following the meeting in Oporoza, Gbaramatu Kingdom between Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Senator Godswill Akpabio and Tompolo with other Niger Delta stakeholders over Tompolo’s recent 7-day ultimatum to inaugurate the NDDC Board long run on interim leadership against law.
The Deputy Governor, who requested responses “beyond rhetorics” from the Niger Delta Minister, Senator Akpabio had lamented at Oporoza: “We cannot explain why an institution (NDDC), which is a product of an Act is being run in flagrant abuse of the power/law establishing it in the guise of a forensic audit”.
“There is no philosophy or phenomenon that forecloses a statutory organization for the sake of an audit. You cannot audit your today, you cannot audit your tomorrow. Forensic audit, in my opinion, is meant to look at errors of omission and commission, if any, hitherto committed, not the future. As I’m standing here today, can I audit my future? So the board should be in place”, Otuaro asserted.
Otuaro clarified that “my averments which represents the position of Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State, do not only reinforce the position of High Chief Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo but reflects the expressed position of the Ijaw National Congress, the Urhobos, Itsekiri, Isoko, Ndokwa and other stakeholders in the entire Niger Delta.