Civil Society Organisations urge President Buhari to intervene in NDPHC crisis

– The Forum of Civil Society Organizations in Nigeria held a crucial meeting on today, Wednesday, April 4 – The

– The Forum of Civil Society Organizations in Nigeria held a crucial meeting on today, Wednesday, April 4

– The meeting was centered on the recent campaign of calumny against an appointee of the federal government

– The chief executive Officer of the Niger Delta Power Holding Power Company (NDPHC), Mr Chiedu Ugbo has been subjected to intense media attacks according to the forum

The Forum of Civil Society Organizations in Nigeria today, Wednesday, April 4 decried the media attacks against the NDPHC boss, Mr Chiedu Ugbo.

According to the group, Ugbo has in recent times, subjected to “an artificially orchestrated crisis being steered by retrogressive elements.”

They specifically pointed out the activities of a Non-Governmental Organisation named – Citizens United Against Corruption, which they accused of spearheading the campaign against the NDPHC boss alongside some elements within the organisation.

Civil Society Organisations decry campaign of calumny against NDPHC boss

The forum urged President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo not to be distracted by the campaign of calumny against the NDPHC boss. Photo credit: State House

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According to them, Ugbo who has been doing a fantastic work in tandem with his mandate and other appertaining issues like staff morale “which is at an all time high effectuating in the delivery of democratic dividends to the Niger Delta in particular and Nigeria in general.”

They noted that Ugbo and the general manager and head of procurement, Barrister Mrs Nkechi Mba and all the other departmental heads were appointed in tandem with the federal character principle.

“They have been carrying out prescribed tasks in consonance with best governance practices, best auditing practices, best administrative practices, best professional practices with the overall progressive objective of taking the company into the lime-light,” a statement sent to by the group's chairman, Comrade Friday Maduka noted.

“The forum is miffed that Mr. Ugbo, who has been steering the day to day activities of the company in the finest traditions and who has let loose a participation dynamic unequalled and unprecedented since the establishment of the company is being blackmailed, excoriated and lampooned by retrogressive elements and their acolytes who should know better

“Mr. Chiedu since his assumption of office has essentially distinguished himself as a very distinguished leader and has entrenched the requisite instruments, synergies and mechanisms that essentially mainstreamed all management staff and even the junior cadreship of the company in decision making and policy formulation.

“We are alarmed and shocked that the retrogressive element rather than avail themselves of internal remedies for clarification decided to take their grand delusions, distortions and gross misrepresentations to the print and electronic media in an unedifying, unconscionable game of political one-upmanship and brinkmanship,” the statement read.

The forum then unanimously resolved to give them a clean bill of health to the management of NDPHC and called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo who is also the chairman of the company to disregard the campaign of calumny.

“NDPHC in our well substantiated and well informed assessments has been doing a fantastic job and deserves the greatest salutations and commendations devoid of the aberrant practices and sheer blackmail of factors bent on making the company go under for grossly unscientific reasons,” the statement concluded.

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Meanwhile, the National Patriots’ Forum has decried the calculated campaign of calumny targeted at the former acting Director General of the NIA, Ambassador Muhammed Dauda by some elements.

A statement sent to by the forum’s national president Comrade Isa Tijani, and national publicity secretary Madu Musa Gwary, said the recently orchestrated calumny was executed by a publisher of an Abuja-based magazine.

They condemned the publication, saying it was replete with half-truths, fictions, guesswork, and wild imaginations.

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