The cold war brewing between the Akwa Ibom State government and the Niger Delta Development Commission, has been taken to a whole new level following cases of sabotage of roads in the state.
Ever since the appointment of Obong Nsima Ekere as Managing Director of the NDDC, the AKSG has been involved in numerous spats with the commission owing to the fact that the MD of the commission, who is from the State might contest for the governorship seat come 2019. As such, it is believed that the state government will stop at nothing to make sure all developmental efforts by the commission must be sabotaged or discredited because of the man at the helm.
Secret Reporter investigations reveal that recently, hoodlums are reportedly being paid by the government to create potholes and damage roads and projects done by the NDDC in the State at the detriment of the citizens who are crying out for tangible development. This is a case of giving a dog a bad name just to hang it.
Recently, the State commissioner for works, Mr Ephraim Inyang chased away workers from an NDDC construction site over what he alleges as non-quality jobs being executed by NDDC contractors. This is seen as an effort to discredit the achievements of the NDDC in the state and rubbish the image of the NDDC on the whole.
In a state where no visible development can be seen, it’s astonishing that the government who are supposed to be cooperating with the NDDC to bring development to the state, are the same people depriving the citizens of much needed infrastructural development courtesy of the NDDC all in the name of partisan politics. Obviously, it’s the masses who’ll end up bearing the brunt of the cold war.
Efforts to reach the Commissioner for Information proved abortive as he didn’t respond to calls and SMS sent to his phone lines.
The Ondo state government, in a recent development, has refused to pay workers who supervised the food vendors for its school children feeding program, a vital campaign initiative of the APC led Federal government, which spans across 18 council areas of the state.
One of the supervisors who pleaded anonymity disclosed to Secret Reporters that for over five weeks, the state government has refused to pay them for the services they rendered to make sure that over 3,000 food vendors who supply meals for the project comply to standard hygienic procedures to ensure the safety of no fewer than 450,000 school children who are the beneficiaries of the project in the state.
The supervisor, who spoke with Secret Reporters, also revealed that apart from the huge sum of money the federal government allocated to the state for the project, Ondo state government collected N4,000 (Four Thousand Naira) from each food vendor contracted for the program.
In his statement made available to our reporters, he also alleged that one Mrs. Ademosun, a Senior Special Assistant to the state governor and her avaricious committee members in collaboration with the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr. Oni, has repeatedly refused to pay them after several request for their payment.
The school feeding program, an APC campaign propaganda which is partly funded by the Federal government is reportedly billed to run till 2020 and will form the cornerstone of the nationwide Home-Grown School Feeding program which when fully realised is projected to provide a meal per day to over 24 million primary school children nationwide.
National health insurance scheme (NHIS) money is a contribution for health service delivery by mainly civil servants and not gotten or given by the government.
Secret Reporters discovered that the NHIS Ag. Executive secretary/CEO Mr. Attahiru Ibrahim compelled the release of a whooping sum of N11.9 billion from civil servant enrollees’ money in his custody, which is money meant for proper care of citizens health.
Looks are truly deceitful and deceptive. Secret Reporters also found out that Mr. Attahiru Ibrahim approved another outrageous sum of N30,661,400 to himself and 5(five) of his cronies in the name of participating for the Global Flagship course on Health Systems, strengthening and sustainable financing which took place in Washington DC from the 21-31 October 2017, but none of them went for the conference, yet they pocketed the money. Despite not securing a space to attend the program, the total sum of N30.6m was paid to Dr. Emma Ohuakanwa, Dr. Jonathan Eke and Mr. Adelaja Aberooron to attend the conference.
CATBAN (Citizens Action to Take Back Nigeria) confirmed and is authoritatively reporting that the program has finished and none of the people who received the money registered let alone attending or participated. Judging from Mr. Attahiru Ibrahim’s looks, citizens eating from the crumbs the remain for Nigerians would be compelled to help him while he sleeps in air conditioned rooms, laugh, eats, swindles, hoax and allocate Billions of Nigerians money meant for proper care of health and still gain pity with his deceitful and deceptive looks.
The Ag. Executive secretary Mr. Attahiru Ibrahim uses his deceitful look to dupe the Government of billions of Naira.