By Henry Umoru
South-South Leader, Chief Edwin Clark has written to each the Senate and the House of Representatives, requesting for a holistic probe into the collection of allegations raised by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, in opposition to the federal lawmakers.
In separate letters to the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief Clark, he famous that the National Assembly ought to as a matter of urgency, perform the Investigation, as failure to do that, would erode the arrogance Nigerians, particularly the folks of Niger Delta have within the National Assembly.
Both letters have been dated June 2, 2020.
In the letters obtained yesterday by Vanguard, Clark mentioned probing the National Assembly has change into crucial in opposition to the backdrop of allegations in opposition to the federal lawmakers by the performing Managing Director of the Interim Management Committee, IMC of NDDC, Kemebradikumo Pondei and the performing Executive Director of Projects, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh.
Clark within the letter mentioned, “This is as a result of within the first place, the subject material right here was mentioned within the open in a press assertion by the Acting MD of NDDC, Pondei and in a nationwide/ International tv by the performing Executive Director, Projects, AEDP.
“The assertion made by each of them was an open can of worms and is sadly, accusations we now have been getting on the actions of members of the National Assembly, who’re put as committee chair of the Niger Delta Affairs each within the Senate and the House of Representatives to instantly over time, not simply on this ninth Assembly.
“These anomalies have been occurring, it didn’t simply begin. A scenario the place the finances of the fee can be held down unduly as a result of it couldn’t meet the unlawful calls for of some committee chairmen is horrendous if investigated to be true.
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“Therefore, Mr Senate President, and Speaker, if nothing is completed, and urgently too, to research these grievous allegations leveled in opposition to these members and by extension the National Assembly, I have to say that it’ll erode the arrogance folks, particularly, Niger Deltans, have within the National Assembly.
“In statements credited to the Chairmen on Niger Delta Affairs in each the higher and decrease legislative chambers, they’ve denied all of the allegations.
“The AEDP in his interview, has exonerated each of you, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House that you’re not conscious of those actions of the Senate Committee Chairman on Niger Delta Affairs and the House Committee Chairman on Niger Delta Affairs.
“Issues of corruption in the NDDC have become endemic. It was as a result of these complaints, that Mr. President, promptly and courageously appointed the IMC, to supervise the forensic audit which he had also set up, to investigate all the alleged corrupt practices that had been perpetuated in the Commission, before a Board will be inaugurated for the commission. Any attempt to distract from Mr. President’s directive that forensic audit of the NDDC should be carried out, is unacceptable to the people of the Niger Delta. We are solidly behind Mr. President in this his directive.”