Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Engr. Babachir Lawal and Transport Minister, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi are currently involved in a cold war over control of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
A suppressed cold war or what may be described as a battle of supremacy is brewing among some members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), New Telegraph has learnt. With cleavages formed around them, the bickering involves the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Engr. Babachir Lawal and the Transportation Minister, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi.
The bone of contention, according to an impeccable Presidency source, is the duo’s subtle scheming to have control of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). Though put under the Presidency by the Act establishing it, the supervision of the multibillion- naira intervention agency has been supervised by the Office of the SGF since the time of Ambassador Babagana Kingibe’s tenure under the late President, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
It was under the Ministry of Special Duties in the time of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as president. But it was gathered that the recent sack of the Bassey Dan Abia-led management of the NDDC has triggered ‘friction and mutual suspicion’ between the SGF and the former Rivers State governor.
SOURCE: NEW TELEGRAPH