There will be no coverups in the ongoing forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the Acting Managing Managing, Director Kemebradikumo Pondei, said on Wednesday.
According to him, those behind corrupt practices in the commission were jittery over the likely outcome of the audit and had employed various tactics including intimidation to halt the exercise.
He said: “Since the forensic audit was announced, the attacks on the interim management committee and the minister has reached fever pitch.
“Those, who took part in the grand conspiracy to loot the commonwealth, are jittery that their misdeeds will come to light.
“We wish we could sympathise with them. But it could have occurred to them that a day of reckoning will come. The fear of the impunity of their past misdeeds being brought to light is causing panic.
“In fact, the vultures are shivering. Let us place on record that no amount of intimidation, the campaign of falsehood and ‘breakdancing’ will abort this exercise.”
Pondei spoke while handing over the preliminary report and documents of the verification exercise to the lead consultants of the audit, Olumuyiwa Basiru & Co., at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt.
Ponder, in a statement by the commission’s Director, Corporate Communication, Charles Odili, disclosed that over 8,000 projects were captured during the verification exercise in the nine states.
The report, containing contract documents covering 8000 projects captured during the verification exercise, marked the take-off of the critical phase of the forensic audit.
Pondei said: “This audit is not for auditing sake. It is an exercise which will change the trajectory of the region. It is an objective undertaking to account for the resources available to the Commission over the years.
“It will enable us to bring to account those who misappropriated the commonwealth. It will equip us with the relevant insight to institute procedures and processes to guarantee that the Commission realizes the vision of its founders.
“That vision can be interpreted as the rapid development of the Niger Delta to create an economy that will serve the needs of its people long after the oil resources are gone.
“We wish to commend the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs and Chairman of the Presidential Monitoring Committee on the Commission, Senator Godswill Akpabio, for his doggedness and determination to bring this exercise to light. His uncommon passion for the development of the region is already changing the narrative of attitude on the part of other stakeholders.”