TRACKING >>Niger Delta progressives yesterday refused what it called a mischievous online report claiming that the acting Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Prof. Nelson Brambaifa and the acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Dr. Chris Amadi, were quizzed by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over some nebulous charges.
The group in a statement signed in Yenagoa by its President, Akpos Monday Ebilagha and Ziakede Tonde Indiana, Secretary and made available to New Telegraph said the report was not true, maintaining that the NDDC executives were in Abuja on a routine consultation with the relevant supervisory bodies.
“The statement reads in part; “It is misleading to cast such official engagements in negative light. The media should crosscheck their facts before rushing to press as recourse to sensationalism could undermine current efforts aimed at repositioning the Niger Delta region in the veritable areas of infrastructural development and peace building.
“The online medium that published the story admitted that the anti-corruption agency could not confirm the spurious report. The EFCC spokesperson, Mr. Tony Orilade, was quoted as saying that he was unaware of the matter. “NDDC Chief Executive Officer, a professor of pharmacology, is a thorough bred academic with a vision to transform the Niger Delta in the shortest possible time.” He served as the commissioner representing Bayelsa State on the board of the NDDC before he was elevated as the acting managing director and chief executive officer following the dissolution of the board.
“His appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari is a testimony to his humility, frugality and strength of character. “In the last three months of his being at the helm of affairs at the NDDC, Brambaifa has demonstrated his unalloyed commitment to the mission and vision of the organisation by his words and deeds. “Brambaifa has operated an open door policy devoid of partisan considerations, thus creating equal opportunity for every Niger Delta citizen to access the services of the NDDC. Recently, the NDDC boss commenced an inspection tour of the commission’s projects across the Niger Delta region, the group stated.