2011-2019 Finances of NDDC to be audited
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari.has ordered a forensic audit of the finances and operations of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) from 2001 to 2019, following persistent criticisms of the operations of the organisation.
The order was given on Thursday at the State House, Abuja, when he received governors of the states that make up the commission, led by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State.
The president said what was presently on the ground in the South-south region did not justify the huge resources that had been made available to the organisation.
“I try to follow the Act setting up these institutions especially the NDDC. With the amount of money that the Federal Government has religiously allocated to the NDDC, we will like to see the results on the ground; those that are responsible for that have to explain certain issues.
“The projects said to have been done must be verifiable. You just cannot say you spent so much billions and when the place is visited, one cannot see the structures that have been done. The consultants must also prove that they are competent.”
“I am acutely aware, with my experience, that projects in your area are very expensive; that is why if any job is given, we must make sure that the company is competent and has the capacity to do it well with experienced consultants”, he said.
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