Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has described the N500 billion contained in the 2023 Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) budget proposals now before the National Assembly as fraudulent.
Wike made the allegation while addressing delegates of Leadership and Sun newspapers during a visit to the Government House, Port Harcourt to present letters for the 2022 excellence awards to him.
He also alleged that politicians are itching for approval of the NDDC budget so they could share it to run the 2023 elections.
The media aide to the Governor, Kelvin Ebiri, in statement after the meeting noted: “Governor Wike revealed that within the total NDDC estimate of N500 billion, N70 billion is expected from the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG), N4 billion earmarked for distilling of public drains, and N60 billion earmarked as support to security agency.
“Wike said it laughable to see a development agency like NDDC earmarking N4 billion to clean public drains when it is supposed to attend to strategic development issues in the region.
"He queried why NDDC will earmark N60 billion to security agency and not devote it to enduring project and see the derivable impact.
“Governor Wike claimed politicians are already mounting pressure on the National Assembly members to speedily pass the NDDC budget so that it can be shared in lieu of the 2023 general election that is approaching.”
Speaking on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) crisis, Wike alleged there are hired boys now commissioned to attack him and label him as a destroyer of the party because he is speaking up for fairness, justice and equity.
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