The Social Development Integrated Centre (SOCIAL ACTION) and Civil rights Council (CRC) wish to draw the attention of the Nigerian government and the public, to the increasing cases of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) involving some unscrupulous security operatives in Nigeria. There have been allegations of rape, sexual harassment and other acts of gender-based violence meted out against women and girls by law enforcement agents. There also appears to be a conspiracy of silence whereby, security agents found complicit, are neither suspended from office immediately for their unprofessional conduct, nor made to face judicial sanction. Women’s rights have been flagrantly violated and the law enforcement agents saddled with the responsibility of ensuring the enforcement of these rights are now increasingly indicted in the physical and sexual abuse of women and girls.
By Mercy Tochi Christopher
It is no more headline news that COVID-19 has upended lives around the world, creating disruptions in almost every aspect of the society and exacerbating existing pressures. For people living with a disability and orphaned children, however, the outbreak has multiplied the pre-existing challenges they face as vulnerable members of the society, making them more vulnerable to contracting the virus and to the adverse impacts associated with the outbreak.
Anyone who truly opposes corruption would cringe at the fact that billions of dollars has been swooped in reckless spending spree in a few months without demonstrable impact on the Niger Delta region. Following recent developments from the Senate probe and reports from the Niger Delta Development Commission-NDDC, the media has been awash with absurd findings against the Interim Management Committee-IMC over alleged corrupt misappropriation in the NDDC through various fronts. The findings of the Senate report expressly reveal the level of deep seated corruption going on in the commission.
The Social Development Integrated Centre (Social Action) has described as unpatriotic and anti-people the reported call by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, for the stoppage of the probe of the loans taken by the Federal Government.
The House of Representatives Committee on Treaties, Protocols and Agreements in carrying out their oversight function, has commenced an investigative hearing of loans taken by the Federal Government. To ensure that the country is not shortchanged, a committee was set up to evaluate the bilateral loan agreement between the two countries. At the ongoing investigative hearing,the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi said that the probing if not suspended would scare the lenders.
The Social Development Integrated Centre, (Social Action), a non-governmental organisation, has called for a detail and thorough probe into the reported sleaze ongoing in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
As the probe on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is ongoing, with horrible allegations and counter – allegations emerging from the probe committee, the damp muddle is hanging precariously over the Commission’s shady activities which are not in accordance with its mandate, as prescribed in the NDDC (Establishment) Act, 2000. The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, last week revealed that lawmakers have been beneficiaries of contracts awarded by the NDDC. In response to the 48 hours given to him by the House Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila to mention the beneficiaries, Akpabio has forwarded names of National Assembly members who were beneficiaries of NDDC contracts to the House of Representatives. They include: Sen. Peter Nwaoboshi involved in 53 projects, Sen. Nicholas Mutu whose name appeared on 74 projects, Sen. Matthew Urhoghide and Sen. James Manager involved in 6 projects respectively, Sam Anyanwu with 19 projects and others who were identified as Ondo and Edo Reps.
Civil society groups in Nigeria have called for a major overhaul of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) which they described as a cesspool of corruption. Below is a communique issued after a meeting on Friday, July 17, 2020.
According to the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and community representatives from the Niger Delta, new leadership is needed in the commission to operate an open-door policy and to as well promote transparency and public accountability.
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and community representatives from Niger Delta states, have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
They also charged him to order the prosecution of all persons formerly and currently indicted in mismanagement of funds.