N20bn utilization fund: ANEEJ backs Obaseki’s call to probe NDDC

The Africa Network for Environment & Economic Justice ( ANEEJ) has thrown its weight behind a call from the Edo State Government for a forensic probe of the of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) owing to shoddy, incomplete, abandoned and substandard projects executed by the NDDC in the past six months.

In a press statement issued by ANEEJ Executive Director, the Rev David Ugolor, said reports concerning the ineffectual of the NDDC were disheartening especially as the huge sums of monies being appropriated to the NDDC and other Niger Delta Institutions, NDIs have not been put to good use to meet the collective hopes and aspirations of the peoples of the Niger Delta.

Ugolor said the report found out that across board, most projects being executed by the NDDC and NDIs were either being abandoned, executed in one sub-standard way or the other or were incomplete.

“Subsequently, President Buhari in 2018 made an extra 18% budgetary allocation to the NDDC. That expression of political will however, has not matched the projects on ground. What is the region really doing with the 13% derivation fund?,” the Rev Ugolor said.

“The Edo State government which made the call for a probe of the of the NDDC in the past six months said that it has instructed its solicitors to take legal action against contractors executing substandard projects in Edo State. According to the state governor Godwin Obaseki, ‘people must go to jail for their corrupt acts.

“In addition to the Edo State government’s call for a probe of the NDDC, we call on the federal government to vigorously pursue the blacklisting of all contractors, and the banks as well, which have in one way or the other worked with these contractors to execute substandard projects.

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