President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Chairman of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Bassey Dan Abia.
Following the removal of Abia as NDDC chairman, Ibim Seminitari, who served as commissioner of information in the administration of Rotimi Amaechi, former governor of Rivers state, has been appointed as the acting head of the commission.
Dan Abia, an indigene of Akwa Ibom state, was appointed by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2013. A strong worded petition was sent to the Presidency accusing him of diverting billions of Naira to his personal account .
“The petitioner accused Mr Abia of paying over 2.8bn on HSE (health, safety and environment) so far by Edp/Md for projects that are not even on-going. Actual cost (if project is ongoing) should be less than 85m.
He was accused of paying over N2bn last week for a non-existing Sandfilling project in Bayelsa by Edp/Md. Not even a grain of sand is on the site.
He spent over 1.3bn for waste management trucks that were not bought. They shared the money”
Responding to a petition which his opponents sent to the presidency, Abia said: “Those writing petitions against me should be bold enough to state clearly what they claim I did wrong while serving on the NDDC board or shut up forever. “My records are very clear and I am ready to defend them at any point in time.” Before he was chosen to lead the commission, he served two terms as the representative of Akwa Ibom. Different corruption allegations have been levelled against NDDC, which was created as a response to the demands of the people of Niger Delta. .