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East West : Clark Urges Akpabio to Give NDDC Free Hand
|01/14/2021 | 05:06am|
A former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief
However, the Sole Administrator of NDDC, Mr.
Both spoke yesterday when Akwa paid a courtesy visit to Clark in
Clark, while acknowledging remarks earlier made by the sole administrator, said Akpabio was interfering unnecessarily in the affairs of the commission.
He urged the minister not to abandon his ministry to over concentrate on the agency.
The former minister said he was surprised when the minister announced that the
He called on the president to provide enough money for the completion of the road.
He said: "NDDC was under the presidency and we know what happened; how the NDDC was used by people who had no interest in
But we said okay,
"We know how it started but NDDC is an independent agency. The minister should not abandon his own ministry to go and concentrate on this agency. That's the problem we have.
"Some of us have advised the minister: you have a ministry, don't abandon your ministry to focus on NDDC. It's not fair. The problem we have, therefore, is the constant interference with the affairs of NDDC by the minister of
He urged the federal government to make available funds for the completion of the economic road, adding that in the 2021 budget, Kano State alone has three roads costing about N50 billion.
"Do we have to go and beg for money to build roads ourselves? The minister should live above his personal interest and put the interest of
According to him, "The president should provide enough money for the completion of
"But what we have found today - you produce two-and-a-half per cent, you want development in your area more than those who produce more than 40 per cent. No individual, including Mr. President, can change the law of
Speaking on the forensic audit, Clark said he believed in it as it will reveal a lot, adding: "I think the forensic auditing will reveal so many things. There's nothing to show in the
Earlier, Akwa had said the idea that Buhari or Akpabio imposed him on the commission was not correct.
According to him, the commission will pursue payment of contractors that did their verified jobs.
"I'm pleading that people of
"I gladly took up this job from Mr. President because as a son of
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