– A coalition has reacted to an allegation of using fake NYSC certificate by the acting MD of the NDDC
– The coalition said the purveyors of the allegation are aimed at derailing the proposed fund recovery within the commission
– According to the coalition, the traducers of the claim have not been able to grab a copy of Joi Nunieh’s alleged fake NYSC discharge certificate to convince the doubting public
The Coalition of Civil Societies for Good Governance and Change Initiative (CCSGGC) has alleged a deliberate attempt to frustrate the ongoing recovery of looted funds by the acting managing director of the Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joi Nunieh.
The coalition said some disgruntled elements in the guise of civil society groups to blackmail Nunieh, accusing her of parading fake NYSC certificate.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, January 27, the convener of the coalition, Ogenyi Okpokwu said the accusation is “sickening mendacity and hearsay even in its most sophisticated scrutiny”.
Describing Nunieh as a respected woman, Okpokwu said such conclusion is based on no empirical or verifiable evidence.
He also said that the coalition was particularly irked by the fact that the traducers of the claim could not grab a copy of Nunieh’s alleged fake NYSC discharge certificate to convince the doubting public.
Okpokwo said the acting MD’s persecution is not surprising especially after President Muhammadu Buhari handed the Nunieh the uphill task of sanitizing the agency by ordering a forensic audit of the NDDC.
He said: “So far so good, the coalition believes Dr. Nunieh has so far altered the status quo by diligently and boldly flushing the rot in the system, which hasn’t quite gone too well with many.”
“It is on this ground, however, that CCSGGC warned these disgruntled persons or groups to steer clear the acting MD’s case or get ready to be disgraced by Nigerians,” Okpokwo said.
He said Nunieh has already empanelled the Cairo Ojougboh-led 50-member Verification Committee to audit and document projects /contracts awarded in the nine Niger Delta states.
According to Okpokwo, the committee is expected to ascertain the authenticity of the quantum of suspicious Interim Payment Certificates (IPCs) claims by contractors which have piled a debt burden of N3 trillion on the commission.
“And Verification Committee is designed to clean the Augean stable for the proper forensic audit of the commission as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. The committee has a two-week duration to submit its report,” he added.
Akpabio said that when the NDDC is finally cleansed and salvaged from its rot, it will be one of the greatest legacies and accomplishment of President Buhari