Senator Rab’iu Kwankwaso has said he resigned from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) due to the chronic corrupt practices there and in many government agencies.
He traced this to the failure of the leadership of these agencies. The former governor of Kano State resigned as a board member of the commission in 2010.
Kwankwaso, a former presidential aspirant, also said he resigned his appointment because of official corrupt practices in the commission “that he doesn’t want to take part in”.
He told the British Broadcasting corporation (BBC) Hausa Service that the rampant corruption in the NDDC “was due to greed and desperate moves by government officials to accumulate wealth.
“Many times people who sabotage the economy through stealing, nothing is done to them and they end up being with (in) the government.
“All these happenings in the NDDC is because the leaders are not vigilant enough. If the leaders are responsible and vigilant over the huge amount of money being released, even through borrowing, and which is later embezzled, the government would have prevented this,” the former governor added.
Asked why he could not expose the corrupt activities while in the NDDC, he said the “corrupt practices there were unprecedented.”
The commission has been enmeshed in controversies over corruption in recent times with the minister of Niger Delta accusing members of the national assembly of being the major contractors to the commission. The minister has since eating his words while the House has threatened to sue him.