Tuesday, March 29, 2016 11:42 pm
*says NDDC no more available for rape
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
The Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission,NDDC,Mrs Ibim Semenitari,has lashed out at faceless cowards who resorted to the sponsorship of adverts in newspapers to disparage her simply because loopholes for siphoning money had been blocked.
In a statement signed on her behalf by Beke Anyalewechi,her Special Assistant on Media, Semenitari said those people are “nay sayers angry that she has blocked their means of ‘awoof’ cash.
“While their comrades-in-fraud presided over affairs in NDDC, they amassed illegal wealth through fictitious contracts; inflated contracts’ value and imposed variations. NDDC was their farm where the only produce they harvested was illegal cash. They created non-existent contracts, raised IPCs, which of course were approved for payment by their co-conspirators in-charge of the cash and purse of the Commission. NDDC was their ATM(Any Time Money).
“NDDC was their route to sponsorship of their elections and purchase of massive property and ownership of shopping malls in Dubai, Malta, Canary Island, Canada, SA, UK, US and other choice islands overseas.
“At one instance, their friend as MD/CEO awarded over 150 contracts on a single day. That day was December 18, 2014. The least of those ‘jobs’ was N250m while the biggest was about N1bn. They were in lots, a familiar pattern for perpetuating official thievery”.
The statement further pointed out that Semenitari came aboard and said : “No! This flight to depravity and denial of progress to the Niger Delta region must stop.”
“She instituted a transparent officialdom; decreed an administrative fatwa against their conspiracy against the region and her people. They lost their free meals and forfeited their tickets for impunity.
“Semenitari decided to pay-off ridiculous debts owed for over 6 years. She decided to appropriate rightly and insist on probity, hitherto a taboo in the Commission. While they had practiced cult-codes known only to their initiates, Semenitari, a thoughbred of the finest pedigree, insisted that records must be open, transparent and according to rules. That’s their anger. In fact, part of their anger and reason for their arrows”
Anyalewechi also pointed out that: “They raped NDDC and left her value open to public defecation. If NDDC was a woman, she would by now be a patient of acute Vesicovaginal fistula, VVF, that nauseating subtype of female urogenital fistula, UGF, that abnormal fistulous tract extending between the bladder (or vesico) and the vagina that allows the continuous involuntary discharge of urine into the vaginal vault. NDDC, in deed, suffered worse than a VVF patient. It’s corporate reputation crawled belly-flat even as its rating was nowhere near a whited sepulcher full of dead men’s bones. Even those in my Constituency – Journalism – avoided NDDC as they would the Ebola Virus. That was until Semenitari came on board.”
He said however that “Great things are happening in NDDC. But wait! As that gone master story-teller, Chinua Achebe, wrote, for NDDC, “It’s Morning Yet On Creation Day”.