NDDC: Falana Takes Swipe At Akpabio For Overseeing Commission Without Board

NDDC: Falana Takes Swipe At Akpabio For Overseeing Commission Without Board
Femi Falana, SAN

Popular social critic and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, has taken a swipe at the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio for supervising the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, in a manner that has it has been operating against the law.

In an interview with an International Television station, Arise, on Thursday, monitored by Newsportal, Falana said it was worrisome that Akpabio, who he described as a very senior lawyer, is superintending over a Commission that has been running without a Board contrary to the provisions in the Act establishing the NDDC. He frowned at the situation whereby the Interventionist Agency ran with Management Committees, and currently being run by a Sole Administrator.

Falana, who was reacting to the recent amendments of the Nigeria Constitution by the National Assembly, said there was nothing in the amendments that addressed the issue of official impunity in the country.

He expressed worries that while the provisions of the existing Nigerian Constitution is being breached recklessly without consequences, the National Assembly was busy amending the Constitution.

On the failed attempt by the National Assembly to include Value Added Tax, VAT, on the Exclusive Legislative List, Falana wondered why attempts are being made to concentrate more powers on the Federal Government, adding that there was need to embark on a holistic review of the Nigerian Constitution, instead of amending the Constitution by instalment.


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