Senator Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs.

Minister Godswill Akpabio of Niger Delta Affairs has revealed when the forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) will be completed.

The Federal Executive Council had last year February approved the audit be done to give way for the NDDC board which he recently promised will be constituted before the end of June.

Mr Akpabio addressing State House correspondents on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the financial report would be ready by the end of July and will be submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for implementation.

We have fast tracked the process of constituting the board; but we insist that the most important thing is not just the development of the Niger Delta region but how to reposition NDDC to ensure optimal performance as against the practice in the past,” the minister said. “So, the forensic audit of NDDC is on course and it is progressing very well and I am happy with the progress made so far.

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“And I am very certain that by the end of July, which is just a month and a few weeks away, the final result will be given to the president for implementation.

“And in terms of the composition of the board of the NDDC, of course, we have fast tracked the process and the National Assembly will soon get the list.

“But that is not as important as the forensic audit which we are finally given a deadline which is July, that it will end,” he added.

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