Weekly Trust : 2020-08-01

Letters : 13 : 13


Letters Short&Sharp Saturday, August 1, 2020 ATTENTION, READERS! Do you have a strong, but brief, point to make? Then e-mail us now. FG, tackle tanker explosions saturday@dailytrust.com Please keep the word count above 80 and below 100. Mark e-mail ‘Short & Sharp.’ T Like us on Facebook.com Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Instagram facebook.com/dailytrust @dailytrust @daily_trust he rise in explosions of tankers has become a cause for concern in our dear country. Lives are being claimed here and thereby the recurrent incident in parts of the country. A clear example is the lives of 20 wellmeanin­g Nigerians that were burnt to death in a tanker explosion at the Koko Junction section of the Benin/Sapele Expressway in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State. Not less than 10 vehicles were burnt beyond recognitio­n. We plead with the Federal Government to please look into these occurrence­s and place necessary measures that would handle the recurrent cases of tanker explosions. CARTOON Deborah George writes from Delta Flood destroying our bridges, farms W e call on both the state and federal government to come to our aid and repair the destroyed bridges caused by flood in Doemak and Bwall towns of Qua’an pan Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau State. In addition to the bridges, our houses, rice and yam farms are also destroyed. We need the bridge back to help us trade, our houses back so we can have a place to rest our heads and our farms, so that we have our source of livelihood back. We please ask for a quick response to our plight. Nandom Reingkat writes from Plateau LETTER TO THE EDITOR NDDC-gate and the Niger-Delta deepening silence FCT Minister, tackle lingering one-chance pandemic T he allegation of corruption that engulfed the Niger Delta Developmen­t Commission (NDDC) is sickening and condemnabl­e. The Agency was establishe­d in the last two decades by Obasanjo administra­tion to address the infrastruc­tural challenges or deficit of the oil-producing communitie­s. It is estimated and reported that, since the commission came on board in the last twenty years, over 4 trillion naira were voted to it. Sadly, the trending news that continues to emerge from the region paints a gloomy picture of the worsening condition of the living in the area. It has shown, there is no correspond­ing improvemen­t in the standard of living of people in the region. The house of representa­tive committee of NDDC which conducted an investigat­ing hearing recently raised an alarm over the mismanagem­ent of over 40billion by the interim management committee(IMC) led by keme pondei. Prior to the professor Keme Pondei allegation of financial infraction­s or corruption, the ex- interim MD of the agency ,Joy Nunieh, was also accused of financial embezzleme­nt to the tune of 22 billion. However,Nunieh denied any wrong doing but blamed the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Godwin Akpabio, as the culprit or mastermind of the dirties corruption bedevil the commission. Whether her accusation­s are true or not depends on the house of representa­tive committee’s on NDDC final report. With the shocking discovery of financial Mis-management in the NDDC many Nigerians thought that, the Nigerdelta activists, warriors and stakeholde­rs will stage a protest to register their displeasur­e or condemn the actions of some few bad elements in the region who continue to parade themselves as leaders and milk the resources of the region dry. Unfortunat­ely, since the revelation of outright theft in NDDC by Akpabio and his accomplice­s there is deepening silence in the Niger-Delta. Does the deepening silence suggest constituti­onal amendment to ensure equitable distributi­on of resources. Nonetheles­s, the huge amount of funds running into trillions of naira collected by the Niger-Delta region have been mismanaged or squandered by some of their greedy leaders. Of equally mentioning is how these corrupt leaders and their paid acolytes or co-travellers continue to apportion blames to other people for their selfinflic­ted woes. It is high time the Niger-Delta activists broke sthe ilence, raised their voices in unison and called for the transferen­ce and accountabi­lity in the Management of resources allocated or generated by the region. The lid has been blown and this is not the right time to play the ostrich game pretending all is well. The problems of the region is corruption. Unless concerted efforts are put in place and leaders are held accountabl­e, the region would remain backward in the next thousand of years. God forbid! an endorsemen­t or hypocrisy from the impoverish­ed region? Niger-Delta is the proverbial hen that lays the golden egg. The bulk of the country’s resources come from the area. While it is true the region contribute­s a higher percentage of revenue to the country, the fiscal federalism which deals with revenue sharing also favours the oil-producing states. Think about the monthly financial allocation ,the 13% derivation, the NDDC, Ministry of Niger-Delta and royalties from the oil companies. The huge amount of resources or revenues coming from these sources debunk the erroneous claims that, the region is cash strapped. If the resources generated from the region are judiciousl­y utilised, Niger-Delta would have become an el dorado of all sorts. However, despite its revenues vantage position, Niger-Delta is synonym to poverty, militancy and environmen­tal degradatio­n due to poor leadership. Since the discovery of oil in the early 50’s, there have constant revenue agitation from oil-producing states which led to a series of T he issue of one-chance robbery in the Federal Capital Territory has been lingering for a long time and these miscreants are faring well in their misdeeds because hardly get caught. We call on the FCT Minister and security forces to tackle this long worrisome issue. When we go for our business, we live in fear coming back home because we do not know the kind of vehicle we would enter. Measures should be put in place to hunt down these evil minds and they should be severely persecuted to serve as a deterrent to others. Fatima Bello writes from Abuja Work on fallen electric poles I n Anambra state few weeks back, a mother and her daughter were electrocut­ed in their shop. Few days back, a two-yearold-boy was electrocut­ed in Jigawa at Bokkwato quarters in Dutse Local Government Area of Jigawa State. We plead to the Electricit­y Distributi­on Companies across the Nation to look into fallen of electric poles, especially during this rainy season so that lives would not be lost on a careless bases. We also call on the government to put measures in place to address this issue. Ibrahim Mustapa Pambegua, Kaduna State. 0816905696­3 NURA DAURA: NAZIRU MIKAILU: DANJUMA LAWAN ADAMU: AHMED SHEKARAU: Ag Chief Executive Officer Executive Director/Editor-in-Chief Editor (Saturday) General Manager, Business & Strategy Rabi Bello writes from Jigawa

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