FG Plans Forensic Audit On NDDC’s N2tn Debt

The federal government will conduct a forensic audit on the over N2 trillion debt profile of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC),as it resolves to right the wrongs done to the people of the Niger Delta region in terms of development.

 Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, who spoke during a meeting with the management of the Commission in Abuja, said the essence of the impending audit was to unearth the ‘real’ and ‘spiritual’ obligations of

the Commission.

Akpabio who expressed disappointment at the complete derailment of the NDDC from it core mandate of developing the region, warned that under his watch it would not be business as usual.

Acccording to him, the era of politically-motivated contracts was over, warning the management to purge itself of past misdeeds.

He said the commission had not performed well in its main responsibility, which was the development of the Niger Delta region.

The minister said that the impact of the commission on the entire region would have been more, but for some factors such as personal interest and undue interference, among others.

He stressed the need for collaboration between the ministry and the commission to move the region to a higher level.

“We will look into the budgetary allocation and see how it can be improved upon, because the success of any organisation starts from budgeting.We want to redirect the budgeting procedure of the commission so that we can aim at the ongoing projects, that is, those that are nearing completion but which have not been completed due to lack of human will,” he said.

According to him, there are too many uncompleted projects across the Niger Delta region due to lack of proper coordination, adding “we will not allow that any longer.”

“We are going to focus on the key ones that are on ground for us to complete between now and next year and also start some things that can create employment opportunities,” he added.

Akpabio also said that the East West Road was one of the major priorities of his administration, pledging to work very hard to ensure the development of the region.

The Director overseeing the NDDC, Dr. Akwagaga Enyia, expressed the commission’s readiness to cooperate with the ministers to ensure development of the region, while appreciating them for such a meeting.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mrs. Didi Walson-Jack, pledged the commitment members of staff to the actualisation of the vision and mandate of the ministers.

“We will be an effective and efficient workforce, working with you to formulate and execute best policies, programmes and projects that will address the challenges in the Niger Delta region.

“These include, but not limited to, infrastructural development, environmental degradation, poverty alleviation, entrepreneurship, job creation, unemployment and security, among others,” Walson-Jack said.

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