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Abuja – SOME leaders of Niger Delta origin have said downsizing the board or effecting structural changes to the leadership of the Niger Delta Development Commission, as recommended in the forensic audit report, may not the corrupt practices perpetrated in the commission.

This was as they called on the Federal Government to sanction anyone found wanting as a result of the revelations of the report.

Earlier, the Vanguard for Transparent Leadership and faulted some of the recommendations of the forensic audit report, especially as regards the appointment of a statutory governing board.

The group’s national President, Emmanuel Igbini, expressed “shock and disappointment that the lead Forensic Auditor, Kabir Ahmed, recommended managerial as well as structural changes to the NDDC, of which is downsizing the board and members of the board to be on part-time.”

Ahmed had argued that shrinking the board would reduce the cost of running the NDDC.

In an interview with The Punch, Grand Patron of the Ijaw Youth Council, Collins Eselemo, said the NDDC Act (2000) already placed some positions of the Governing Board of the commission on part-time and therefore, the recommendation by the report was only rehashing what had been there all along.

He said, “It is only a recommendation; it has not been put into effect. But that will be subject to serious deliberation because the act that establishes the Niger Delta Development Commission already designated a 19-member board, three of which are full-time. These three which are the Director and two Executive Directors for Finance and Projects are there for the daily running of the commission.”

In a separate interview, a former member of the Cross River of Representatives and Special Adviser, Strategic Communications to Cross River State Governor, Cletus Obun, said the clamour for a statutory board would drag Niger Deltans backward.

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