NDDC denies Akwa Ibom govt’s claims on projects

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has decried the way and manner in which the Akwa Ibom State Government was disparaging its management and the Federal Government.In a statement yesterday, the commission said the state government and its paid agents had commissioned some persons who operate under the guise of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to spread malicious lies about the NDDC and its executives.

It said a photo-shopped image of a road project, which had been circulating online for months, was represented as an NDDC project, in a bid to create the impression that the commission’s road projects were executed without the basic standards.

“We have been reliably informed that more of these mudslinging, falsehood, mischief and unwarranted and politically motivated attacks, have been planned with increased intensity in the coming days.

“Since the current Governing Board and Executive Management assumed duties in November 2016, we have received the most sustained and unwarranted attacks from Akwa Ibom State.
“While we encourage scrutiny and objective criticism, geared towards ensuring that we offer the best service to the Niger Delta region, these constant, vicious and virulent attacks, deliberate distortions, falsehood and open confrontation, driven by political scheming, have become distractions that the region and our people cannot afford at this time,” the statement reads.

It stressed that the NDDC, as an intervention agency, was not in competition with any of the nine state governments of the Niger Delta region, adding that their mandates were different, but important and urgent. “We ask that the NDDC and its representatives be allowed to focus on the responsibility of developing the region. We believe that there is no reason to poison the chalice, because our people drink from it,” it added.

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