By Collins Ajibola
Permanent Secretary of the strategic ministry of Niger Delta, Mr. William Alo, is alleged to be frustrating the execution of projects in the troubled region as well as the smooth operations of the ministry.
There are allegations that Mr. Alo is presently running the ministry as a sole administrator. He was also alleged to have vowed not to carry out the orders of the two ministers: Pastor Usani Uguru Usani and Prof. Claudius Daramola.
Alo is reputed to be calculating that the two ministers may lose out in the proposed cabinet reshufflement being planned by President Buhari and until he is sure they would remain in the ministry as ministers before he would allow them in the day
to day management of the ministry.
It was alleged that Mr. Alo has singlehandedly spent the over N200 million allocation of the Niger Delta Ministry without the knowledge and approvals of the two ministers who over see the affairs of the ministry.
One of the sources who spoke to our correspondent, on the condition of anonymity said “Mr. Alo has not been dealing with the ministers and even some key directors in the ministry. He is running the ministry alone without the approval of the two ministers.”
The source noted that “the over N200 million running cost released for the ministry has vanished and none of the ministers is aware how the money was spent or is being spent. And when he was confronted with why he behaved that way, he was said to have simply told the ministers that he would not have anything to do with them until the president makes his planned changes of ministers.”
The source lamented that “this is really affecting how things are going in the ministry. Projects are not being done and the man really doesn’t care what happened to the projects in the region. It is something that Mr. President needs to know about.”
Efforts made to reach him to have his own side of the report did not yield result. Several attempts were made to speak with him on phone which will ring through without a response signifying he must be very busy. The sad part is, no return calls came from his phone either for two days.