Following the visit of the nine (9) Niger Delta states governors to President Mohammadu Buhari in Aso Rock on the 17th October, to express their disappointment with the operations of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) amongst other requests, the President has ordered a forensic audit of the operations of the Commission from 2001-2019.
President Buhari raised a major concern as his reason for ordering this forensic audit. The President emphasized that the projects on ground in the region do not justify the huge resources injected into the Commission since it’s inception nineteen years ago.
It is also noteworthy that the governors stated poor choice of projects, shoddy handling of projects, uncompleted jobs and lack of inclusion of the states by the Commission in carrying out projects as reasons for their disappointment. They further called for the repositioning of the NDDC in order to achieve the objectives for which it was set up.
Citizens Quest as a responsible NGO which has done the most in advocating for the development and security of the Niger Delta region commends Mr President for his concern towards the development of Niger Delta region. We believe that the decision taken by the President is to see the overall development of the Niger Delta without fear or favour.
However, Citizens Quest would like to state categorically that both parties apply the highest form of sincerity in arriving at a way forward for the Commission and in general the people of the Niger Delta. We therefore ask that the forensic audit should in no way be hijacked by unscrupulous elements within the region and the Federal Government nor should it be done in the guise of starving the region of developmental funds and competent representation of the member states.
We urge the President and all major stakeholders in the region to uphold the need for the establishment of the Commission and it’s core mandate for the benefit of all Niger Delta people.
ADAOHA OBY NDUKWE
Citizens Quest For Truth Initiative.
FRANCIS UDOKA NDIMKOHA
Protem Nat’l Publicity Secretary,
Citizens Quest For Truth Initiative