Happening now – NDDC probe: Security tight as Reps committee Chair steps aside, deputy takes over, lawmakers set to grill Akpabio, Pondei

July 20, 2020 Editor 0

The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has recused himself from hearings after allegations of corruption were directed against him. At the moment, Hon. Thomas Ereyi-Tobi, the Deputy Chairman of the Committee, is now presiding over the hearing. The committee is now set to grill Minister of Niger Delta, Senator Godswill Read More

NDDC crisis: Set up independent probe, CSOs tell Buhari

July 20, 2020 Editor 0

Civil Society Groups (CSOs) have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to set an Independent panel of inquiry to probe the alleged financial impropriety and other misconducts in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). The CSOs addressed as Civil society joint action against corruption with 10 different activist groups noted that the crisis in the NDDC has exposed lot of allegations Read More

Breaking: After listening to ex-NDDC MD, Reps summon Akpabio, Pondei over ‘misappropriation of project funds’

July 17, 2020 Editor 0

After listening to former acting Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joy Nunieh, via zoom, House of Representatives Committee on has summoned the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Godswill Akpabio, to appear and make presentations before it on Monday, July 20, 2020. The committee also summoned the Managing Director of the commission Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei to appear Read More

Breaking – N81.5bn probe: At last, ex-NDDC Boss appears, testifies before Reps

July 17, 2020 Editor 0

Day after Police siege at the residence of former acting Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joy Nunieh, the controversial Rivers state indigene has testified before the House of Representatives Committee on NDDC at the ongoing investigative hearing on the alleged illegal expenditure and mismanagement by the commission. Nunieh has been facing running battle with the Minister of Read More

Revealed! How Wike rescued, relocated ex-NDDC MD Nunieh to gov’t house

July 16, 2020 Editor 0

A trending video on social media has revealed how River state Governor Nyesom Wike stormed the residential house of former acting Chairman of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Dr Joi Nunieh, stopped a detachment of police officers from arresting her, and later relocated the fiery ex-official to the government house in Portharcourt. A detachment of Police officers had laid siege Read More

Breaking: Moment after NDDC MD staged walk out on lawmakers, Reps order warrant of arrest

July 16, 2020 Editor 0

Nigeria’s House of Representatives have ordered a warrant of arrest be issued against him the acting Managing Director of Interim Management Committee (IMC) the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei. The arrest was triggered after Pondei alongside his team staged a walk out on the House committee on NDDC a while ago on Thursday. Details loading…

NDDC under fire in NASS again over “missing” N143bn in 2019 Budget

July 14, 2020 Taiye Odewale 0

Interim Management Committee ( IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission ( NDDC) , came under fire in the National Assembly again on Tuesday over alleged N143billion missing from the 2019 budget of the Commission. Trouble came the way of the commission during budget defence session the National Assembly joint committee on Niger Delta Affairs , had with its top Read More

Oil theft: Military hands over 9 suspects, vessel to EFCC

July 10, 2020 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Port Harcourt Zonal office, Friday, took over a vessel, christened MT Morris alongside nine crew members. EFCC Spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, in a press statement in Abuja, said the vessel and suspectes were handed over to the commission by representative of Sector Three of the Joint Military Task Force, Operation Delta Safe, Colonel N.C.E Read More

Check NDDC budget abuses, Akpabio tasks NASS

July 10, 2020 Taiye Odewale 0

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has charged the National Assembly to check abuses of the budgeting procedures by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). Akpabio handed the charge while speaking on the last day of the investigative public hearing by the Senate Ad- hoc Committee on alleged N40 billion financial recklessness of the Interim Management Committee Read More

Breaking: Panic grips many as six NDDC staff test positive for Coronavirus

June 8, 2020 Editor 0

Up to six staff of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) have been confirmed positive for coronavirus. Confirming this through their Twitter handle, the commission said, “As NDDC headquarters staff undergo isolation and COVD-19 screening, six of 33 staff members in the Office of the Executive Director (Projects), Dr Cairo Ojougboh, have tested positive for COVID-19. However, Dr Ojougboh tested negative.” Details loading…

Breaking: NDDC operation shuts down hours after top official’s death

May 28, 2020 Editor 0

There are reports that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has closed down operations hours the death of its acting Director of Finance and Administration, Ibanga Bassey Etang. Etang died Thursday morning at a private hospital in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital. The cause of his death was yet to be ascertained as at the time of filling this report. Read More

Exposed! Forensic Audit: How NASS padded 2019 NDDC budget with over 500 fake projects – Acting MD

May 27, 2020 NAN 0

The acting Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Kemebradikumo Pondei, revealed on Tuesday that the commission’s 2019 budget was inflated with over 500 non-existing projects. Mr Pondei made the disclosure on Tuesday while addressing journalists in Port Harcourt, Rivers State while making clarifications on allegations of corruption levelled against the Interim Management Committee (IMC). The acting managing director said that Read More

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Coronavirus: Bayelsa gov tells workers to stay at home, clears air on contact with Abba Kyari, Bala

March 26, 2020 Editor 0

The Bayelsa state government has asked civil servants on grade level 1-12 to stay at home for two weeks with effect from Thursday, March 26. It explained that only those on essential services such as medical and health workers, fire service personnel, cleaners and other related personnel were exempted from the temporary restriction. The Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Read More

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South-south govs mull regional security outfit

March 6, 2020 Editorial III 0

The South-south governors Thursday concluded plans to establish a regional security outfit in order to protect the lives and properties in the region. Chairman of the South-South Governors Forum and governor of Delta state, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, while addressing newsmen in Asaba at the end of their meeting said the governors also agreed to resuscitate the BRACED commission, a regional Read More

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Non Ijaw in PAP committee invitation to fresh crisis in Niger Delta

March 4, 2020 Editorial III 0

A prominent Ijaw leader Dr Ayakeme Wisky has alleged that appointment of Non Niger Delta indigenes as Caretaker Committee members of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) was invitation to crisis in the region. Speaking to journalists in Yenagoa, he said the move was against the philosophy behind the granting of pardon to the ex-agitators to lay down their arms. Further, Read More

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Forensic: Group demands arrest of ex-NDDC boss, others

January 21, 2020 Editorial III 0

A group, Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum (ACIF) has said it will approach a competent court of law in the next seven days in order to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest and prosecute former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Professor Nelson Brambaifa, if the anti-corruption agency fails to do so. The group Read More

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Aduda replaces Adesola as Perm-Sec

December 25, 2019 Editorial IV 0

A new Permanent Secretary Mr Gabriel Aduda has resumed duty as the new helmsman in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development. At a brief hand-over ceremony in Abuja, the outgoing Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola, enjoined Aduda to take the ministry to the next level in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision. He commended the directors and staff of Read More

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Take over NDDC’s supervision, Niger Delta group tells presidency

November 4, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Niger Delta People Liberation Force (NDPLF) has advocated for the return of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC’s) supervision to the presidency. The group said: “the conduct of Godwill Akpabio  so far shows that the NDDC under the super vision of  Niger Delta ministry would not be able to achieve its statutory responsibilities”. Leader and convener of  the group,  Read More

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Forensic audit and NDDC’s argument

October 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

No event in recent history about the Niger Delta has elicited controversy or gained media attention like the current order by President Muhammadu Buhari for a forensic audit of the commission from 2001 to 2019. As at the last count, the leaders of groups such as; the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), the Niger Delta Civil Society Coalition, Africa Network Read More

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Ogoni assembly threatens to ground exploration in Niger Delta if…

October 29, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Ogoni Peoples Assembly (OPA) has threatened to ground oil exploration activities in the Niger Delta, should the federal government fail to give XAVON Energy the operatorship of OML 11 to break 26-year-old impasse ‘peacefully,’ even as they complained about the neglect of the area. Addressing newsmen in Abuja Monday, OPA leader, Probel Williams, said if government refused to correct Read More

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NDDC: 9 state Gov. to meet Buhari over composition of board

August 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

The 9 oil producing states in Niger Delta region have resolved to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari over the recently reconstituted board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), so as to maintain peace in the region. The governors who met Thursday, in Bayelsa Governors lodge at Abuja sue for peace and called for calm among the indigenes in the Read More

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Groups condemns calls for Dokubo’s sack

August 27, 2019 Editorial III 0

A coalition of nine militant groups from the Niger Delta region known as the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA) have described as ‘enemies’ of the region those behind the campaign for the removal of the Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) and Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Matters, Professor Charles Dokubo by President Muhammadu Buhari,. The Read More

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Amnesty program seeks army’s support to achieve success

August 8, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubu, has sought for collaboration with the Nigerian Army to ensure success of the programme. Dokubu made the appeal Wednesday when he paid a courtesy visit on the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Burstai, at the Army Headquarters, Abuja. He said the Nigerian Army has played a critical role in securing Read More

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FG vows to end sufferings of Niger Delta

August 3, 2019 Editorial III 0

The federal government has reiterated its commitment to collaborate with relevant agencies including the organised private sector with a view to unleashing human and infrastructural development in the Niger Delta region. It also announced the resolve to strategise on ways to build good public relations that would facilitate delivery of good governance to end the suffering of people of the Read More