Fayose urges Buhari to dissolve NDDC board, fire Akpabio over corruption allegations

Fayose urges Buhari to dissolve NDDC board, fire Akpabio over corruption allegations

A former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, on Saturday, July 25; urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC); led by Kemebradikumo Pondei, over the weighty corruption allegations levelled against it.

Fayose made this call on his Twitter handle.

He held that the President must prosecute corrupt officials within the purview of the law; regardless of political party affiliations.

“With this level of fraud exposed in NDDC, Buhari must sack Akpabio now. The President can’t continue to treat the looting of public treasury as a family affair and his fight against corruption as an instrument of persecution against opposition figures.

“By keeping in his government the likes of Akpabio and the NDDC MD, Prof Pondei; who went about celebrating the success of their National Assembly drama with hot pepper soup and assorted drinks, the President will only be reinforcing the conclusion that he supports corruption,” Fayose tweeted.

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1st News had reported that the House of Representatives is investigating why mobilisation fees worth N70.5 billion was paid by the agency to non-performing 1,773 contractors.

While responding to queries on Monday by the House of Representatives Committee on NDDC, the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Pondei slumped during interrogation.

Meanwhile, in a bid to meet up with the deadline by the West African Examination Council (WAEC); the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Lagos State; has said the terminal senior secondary school pupils will resume on August 3.

This was disclosed in a press briefing issued by the President, NAPPS, Lagos State chapter; Mr Amusa Olawale, on Friday, July 24.

Olawale explained that there was a plan to ensure the conduct of the WAEC Senior Certificate Examination in September.

He said, “In the last meeting the South-West governors had with the commissioners for education; they are still working on how WASSCE would be conducted in September because if these pupils don’t sit the exam; the 2020/2021 session will be seriously affected.”

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He added that the Lagos State Ministry of Education had given them permission to resume and conduct the WAEC examinations so far the necessary health requirements were met.

“We had a meeting with the Director-General, Quality Assurance, Lagos State Ministry of Education…We shall be resuming on August 3. And we have been given clearance for reopening schools but if a school does not have the requirements, they may not be allowed to resume. For this reason, we also set up the NAPPS quality assurance committee to go round and ensure our members meet up with these requirements,” he explained..

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