Dr Harry Udoh, chairman of the Civil Society Organisations in Akwa Ibom State have asked President Mohammadu Buhari to make public the forensic audit reports of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio had in September submitted a forensic report of the commission to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
Udoh made the call in a press conference in Uyo, on Monday, while commemorating the 2021 Anti Corruption day with the theme: “Your Right, Your Role: Say No to Corruption,”.
According to Udoh: “we were quite enthused when the Federal government directed a forensic audit of the commission. The report of the much-hyped Forensic Audit has been submitted to the Federal government through the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation. But as we speak, nobody knows the content of that report as the Federal Government has refused to make it public.
“The president has categorically said he was waiting for the report to act and the report has now been submitted to him for months. This is a matter of integrity for the President because he has promised to fight corruption. It’s funny that it wasn’t Mr President that received the report in the first place but the Attorney General.”
Commenting on the efforts by the State CSOs to get a copy of the report, he said, “we have written to the Attorney General; he referred us back to the Niger Delta Ministry. We went to the Ministry they asked us to pay N350, 000, which we have done. We are waiting for their reply or we test the matter at the court of law.
“Let the court adjudicate on that matter, it’s not a matter of government but our collective patrimony. So we want the report of the forensic audit made public. Look at what happened at the ‘off your mic’ saga, where one person got 1000 contracts alone, as we speak nobody is in court, we can’t continue with that kind of impunity.”