Saturday, 8 March 2014
Anenih’s Appointment As NPA Chairman An Insult To Nigerians And Endorsement Of Corruption, Says CNPP
The Conference of National Political Parties (CNPP) has warned President Goodluck Jonathan that a true Transformation Agenda must be anchored on the beacon of transparency, accountability and public good rather than on self–preservation and endorsement of corruption.
In a statement today by its National Publicity Secretary, Osita Okechukwu, CNPP described Jonathan’s appointment of Chief Anthony Anenih as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) as an insult to Nigerians and utter endorsement of corruption.
“The NPA from the days of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur to Bode George has been infested with endemic corruption and recently the House of Representatives accused the NPA of diverting N160 billion of revenue supposed to be remitted to the Federation Account, in accordance with Section 162 of the Constitution.
“For the endemic corruption in NPA, we are alarmed that President Jonathan instead of nominating a credible, transparent and maritime professional to clean the Augean Stable in the rotten Nigeria Port Authority; has wittingly insulted the intelligence of Nigerians by appointing Chief Anenih whose notoriety in public office is legendary.”
CNPP said it was yet to locate any of the federal roads awarded for billions by Chief Anenih as Minister of Works from 1999 which was completed in the more than three years he held sway in the ministry.
“In fact, Agege-Ota-Abeokuta, Owerri-Onitsha, Ilorin-Ibadan, Gombe-Maiduguri, Kano-Maiduguri, Lagos-Ibadan, Lagos-Benin etc, are still uncompleted, despite the unprecedented oil revenue which governed the budget process, an unfortunate foundation laid by the Chief,” CNPP pointed out.
It expressed disappointment that President Jonathan is failing to make strenuous efforts to erase the epitaph of graduating into the most corrupt regime in the annals of Nigerian history by distancing himself from less than transparent characters like Chief Anenih.