The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, on Social Investments, Maryam Uwais, has on Wednesday, described the probe of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, over alleged misuse and mismanagement of public funds, as an opportunity that “allows us to send a strong signal to curtail” corruption in government,
The Interim Management Commission, IMC, of the NDDC, as well as the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, are being probed by the National Assembly, over allegations of illegal spending in the Commission
Uwais, according to a statement, spoke at the unveiling of the 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer Survey Report, which showed that government remains the least trusted, compared to business, media, and non-governmental organisations.
Her words: “The ongoing probe of the affairs of the Niger Delta Development Commission, allows us to send a strong signal to curtail all of this, to make it a defining moment on how you address problems that are quite entrenched in the Nigerian political system.”
The report was said to have shown that “while trust across the four mainstream institutions in the country increased compared to 2019, business still led with 91 percent, followed by NGOs with 87 percent. The Media was the third, with 84 percent, while government only had 55 percent”.
An all-female Panel, comprising of Uwais; Director, Public Affairs, Lafarge Plc, Folashade Ambrose-Medebem; Director of News, Television Continental, Stella Din Jacob; and the Convener, Enough is Enough, Yemi Adamolekun; discussed the report and its implications for their respective Constituencies, and Nigeria at large.