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Udom Emmanuel calls for Project Completion As NDDC Donates Waste Disposal Trucks to Akwa Ibom

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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has urged the to complete the power transmission line from Ikot-Abasi through Ikparakwa by linking it to Alaoji Power Station in Aba.

Speaking to a delegation of the Commission’s directors, led by the Interim Administrator, Mr. Efiong Akwa, which paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Uyo, Governor Emmanuel said that it was important for the Commission to concentrate on completing important projects that would impact on thrives of the people of the Niger Delta region.

Governor Emmanuel stated that the power line would ease a lot of power problems in the Niger Delta region, adding: “It will help us to evacuate a whole lot of power from Ibom Power Station to the National grid and that will help the entire region.”

He thanked the NDDC for donating six waste disposal trucks and bins to assist the state in maintaining a clean environment, adding: ”We appreciate that support because I believe that cleanliness is next to godliness.”

The Interim Administrator, while presenting keys to the six waste disposal trucks to Governor Emmanuel, stated that it was part of the Commission’s effort to improve waste management in the Niger Delta region.

He revealed that the Commission had donated six such trucks to Rivers State and would do sane to the remaining member states. He said: “This is part of our determination to partner with State Governments and all stakeholders to ensure that we facilitate overall regional development.”

He added: “I hope these trucks will assist the Akwa Ibom State Government in its efforts to improve the sanitary conditions in the state, as well as maintain its status as the cleanest state in Nigeria.”

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No Bench Warrant against NDDC Interim Administrator – Senator Nwaoboshi

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… Says money allocated for new Hdqs well uilitised

Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, has refuted reports that the Senate issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the Interim Administrator of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr. Efiong Akwa.

Senator Nwaboshi, who was speaking during the oversight visit of the Senate Committee at the new NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt, described the reports as untrue, saying that he was reliably informed that no such order was issued.

“The Interim Administrator has been reaching out, communicating and discussing with the Senate,” he stated, adding: “He opened discussions with us. We are happy that he accepted that there is need for cooperation and collaboration for Niger Delta to move forward.”

The Senate Committee chairman, however, disclosed that the Senate was still investigating the issues connected with the NDDC COVID-19 palliative funds, adding: “We are aware that the NDDC Interim Administrator was not part of the NDDC leadership team at the time.”

He stated that the NDDC boss was appointed Acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the Commission in August, 2020, “a month after the National Assembly began probing the matter. He was not a party to any of the transactions on the palliatives.”

Sen. Nwaoboshi also expressed delight over the completion of the NDDC permanent headquarters, noting that the Committee had appropriated N16 billion for the completion of the headquarters building.

He stated: “We are happy to sit at the headquarters today. We have come to see how the money has been used in executing the project. We want to know whether the money has been well uilitised. And I want to state that we are happy with what we have seen. The money has been well utilised.”

Welcoming members of the Senate Committee, to the NDDC permanent headquarters, Mr. Akwa commended the Committee for their unflinching support for the NDDC, noting that the support was critical for the development and progress of the Niger Delta region.

Akwa said: “For about a year we had misunderstanding with some members of the National Assembly. The members are noble men and they had to bend backwards to bury the hatchet in the interest of the region. When I went to the joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives to defend the 2020 budget, they cooperated with us. I assured them that we will insist on doing the right thing at the NDDC.”

The Interim Administrator later took members of the Senate Committee on a tour of the newly completed headquarters complex.

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BREAKING: Buhari Appoints Bawa As New EFCC Boss

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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN EXTENSION: PRESIDENT BUHARI SIGNS REGULATIONS NO 2 of 2020

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Abdulrasheed Bawa as substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, announced this in a statement on Tuesday.

According to the statement, his appointment is subject to the confirmation of the Senate.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Senate to confirm Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“In a letter to President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, the President said he was acting in accordance with Paragraph 2(3) of Part1, CAP E1 of EFCC Act 2004.

“Bawa, 40, is a trained EFCC investigator with vast experience in the investigation and prosecution of Advance Fee Fraud cases, official corruption, bank fraud, money laundering, and other economic crimes.

“He has undergone several specialized trainings in different parts of the world, and was one of the pioneer EFCC Cadet Officers in 2005. Bawa holds a B.Sc degree in Economics, and Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy,” the statement said

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