Sack of NDDC Management Board: ANEEJ calls for Comprehensive investigation of abandoned projects, Welcomes Semenitari
22nd December, 2015
Benin City, Edo State…The Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ, welcomes the sack of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC management board, and is happy with an interim reconstitution of the team with a recognized personage in Mrs. Ibim Semenitari.
In the light of this development, ANEEJ calls for a comprehensive investigation of all previous projects embarked upon by the sacked NDDC management.
This call is based on the result of a joint Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement SACE Project report carried out in conjunction with Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment, LITE-Africa, on the performance of Niger Delta Institutions, which was presented to the press on 7th December, 2015, as Citizens Score Card, it was revealed that well over 84 projects for which budgets were made and funds dispensed were found to have been abandoned.
‘What makes our call for a thorough investigation of these abandoned projects urgent is that reports already indicate that the NDDC has refused to respond to an audit query issued to it by the office of the Accountant General of the Federation. Officials of the sacked management board are alleged to have gone on unauthorized spending on items which have no relevance to the projects on ground’, ANEEJ executive director, David Ugolor has said.
‘We want to see a situation where the interim management board under Mrs. Ibim Semenitari would apply the NEITI value of transparency and accountability, and rely on the country’s procurement laws as the guiding rules with which to run the new NDDC’, Ugolor emphasized.
“We have implicit confidence on the competence and ability of Mrs. Semenitari to discharge her new assignment in ways that would usher in hope and positive change and deliver vital development projects to the beleaguered people of the Niger Delta,” David Ugolor said.
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