By Ebi Perekeme
Following the ongoing probe against the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), over financial misappropriation, the leadership of Edo Progressive Indigenes Association (EPIA), has threatened to institute court action against the Edo State office of the Commission, if the office is found wanting.
Chief Dr Bishop J.O.Enoyiogiere Edokpolo, Edo Indigenous Movement Leader and President of EPIA, made the threat in Benin City, while reacting to the gravity of the current NDDC scandal.
He said the country is embarrassed that the issue of corruption seem unending as different ministries, agencies and even national assemblies seep with the odious stink of corruption.
“I am not surprised but is obviously angry that at this stage of our national life, we are still battling with this thing called corruption. Unfortunately, its now at a level where it looks impossible to eliminate, because those who are supposed to enforce its elimination are all into the game.
“But we at EIM and EPIA do not believe in the power of corruption over our people. This is because of the strong cultural value behind every Edo indigene. We want to warn however that, as Niger Deltans, and naturally, beneficiaries of the NDDC projects and plans, we will not fold our hands and watch a few individuals corner or pocket wealth meant for the people.
“We warn Edo NDDC that we are embarking on a fact-finding mission, and woe betide if the agency is found wanting. Edo Indigenes will fight corruption at the level of the NDDC with all that we have. We will not sit back and watch one man or a group of people squander our commonwealth, or pocket what is the right of our people. Let no man think he can do that here in Edo State.
“We all must play our different roles to ensure that we eliminate corruption in this country”, Edokpolo declared.