How NDDC Became ATM Machine
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio has said
12,000 projects lie abandoned across the nine oil producing states
According to him, corrupt people who treated the Niger Delta
Development Commission (NDDC) like an automated teller machine (ATM), were
behind the abandonments.
The Minister who spoke on during an interview with the
Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) lamented that the commission had become
known for abandoned projects.
He also alleged that political interference had not allowed
the commission to work as it ought to.
“We have also had a lot of political interference; people
have not allowed NDDC to work as it ought to, people coming with ideas not to
move the region forward but to move their pockets forward. It has always been
so. We currently have about 12,000 abandoned projects across the nine states of
the Niger Delta. If those things were completed, you can imagine that the area
would have been turned into an Eldorado.
“There is no way NDDC road can last (for) even two years. I
think people were treating the place as an ATM, where you just walk in there to
go and pluck money and go away, I don’t think they were looking at it as an
interventionist agency.Even the idea of giving out a job to somebody who does not
have the requisite skills is corruption on its own.
The idea of bloating the contract is also corruption. Even
collecting money and abandoning the site is also corruption.We have also had a
lot of political interference, people have not allowed NDDC to work as it ought
to, people coming with ideas not to move the region forward but to move their
pockets forward. It has always been so,” he said.