Members of the Cross River State Home of Meeting have urged President Mohammadu Buhari to recover all looted Niger Delta Growth Fee’s (NDDC) funds and prosecute the looters.
Talking with DAILY POST by way of cellphone on Sunday, Dr Ekpo Ekpo Bassey lamented the excessive profile corruption perpetuated by Nigerians principally individuals of the Niger Delta area and appealed to President Buhari not to have mercy and sympathy on anybody.
Dr Ekpo Ekpo Bassey who represents the individuals of Bakassi within the Cross River State of Home of Meeting regretted that NDDC and leaders of Niger Delta areas haven’t been ready to dwell up to expectation of the individuals as they allegedly connived with others to loot the treasury of the fee with out executing varied contracts awarded them.
“From the information we have gathered, NDDC has not been able to live up to its expectation in terms of proper management of its resources allocated to them and even Niger Delta Leaders that should have protected the interest of Niger Deltans, many of them have gotten contracts from NDDC and have not executed any of these contracts,” he alleged.
“As I speak to you, the conditions of the people of the Niger Delta are appalling. There is a complete collapse of infrastructures. You can imagine the Calabar Itu federal highway, everyday, commuters are subjected to unnecessary suffering and difficulty just because they have to travel along the road to make ends meet, yet Niger Delta leaders, some of them, have collected over 300 contracts and have been paid over N200m but have not been able to mobilize workers to sites,” he additional alleged.
Lamenting additional, the individuals of the area, in accordance to Dr Ekpo cried over injustice and abandonment within the area as “our leaders within the area haven’t achieved what they’re supposed to have achieved.
“Our main drawback is Calabar/Itu Federal Freeway that join Cross River and Akwa Ibom states in addition to different states in Nigeria.
“This is the only road that links the two States and other States in Nigeria, and we are critical players in the Niger Delta region. The roads are in a very terrible disrepair so we are calling on the Federal Government, Ministry of Works, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, NEMA, NDDC to immediately intervene and commence work.”
Dr Ekpo stated that failure to do that, “We might go on starvation strike on behalf of the individuals to press residence our calls for as a result of individuals are struggling and dying. If we’ve got utilized the sources allotted to NDDC correctly, we shouldn’t have had this drawback and the street shouldn’t have been in that situation up until now.
“It is extremely painful and unhappy. Federal Authorities ought to proceed with the forensic audit.
“The youths of the Niger Delta are not employed, that is why criminality is so high, you cannot sleep with your two eyes close as kidnapping and armed robberies, cultism etc are on the increase. If they develop infrastructure, work on our roads, build schools and hospitals, equip existing ones, engage health workers and other medical experts, what we are passing through would be history. As I speak to you, so many of our medical professionals have left the country and gone out to other countries, because of lack of incentives and lack of equipment to work with,” he said.