NDDC abandons HQ project, pays N300m rent – FG
The Federal Government on Wednesday knocked the management team of the Niger Delta Development Commission for abandoning the agency’s headquarters’ project in preference for paying N300m yearly rent.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, who said this during his first meeting with the management team of the NDDC led by its Overseeing Director, Dr Akwagaga Enyia, added that it was a shame that the agency did not have any legacy project to show for its N2tn indebtedness.
He was accompanied by the Minister of State in the ministry, Festus Keyamo (SAN), to the maiden meeting.
Akpabio also said the Federal Government would conduct a forensic audit and analysis of the money that came into the NDDC and how it was spent since 2000.
The minister added that the Federal Government had received many petitions regarding the political appointments made in the NDDC, saying government was looking at them.
He said, “Since the time of OMPADEC, you started a building; unfortunately, 20 years after, you have not been able to complete it. You should also have a little bit of sober reflection. It is a meeting to appraise where we are today, where we ought to be and where we are going.
“I don’t want you to look at me as a politician because politicians speak with both sides of the mouth. You have before you a representative of Mr President who is very poised and determined to work with you to redirect the NDDC.
“The creation of the NDDC was strategic; it was a child of necessity. I believe that the NDDC has not performed well. I don’t want to say that you have failed the South-South zone. But I’m saying that you have not performed well. There are a lot of complaints all over, even from the youths of the Niger Delta.
“We talk about the NDDC as if it is a cash cow. But I think that in terms of debt and what you pile up, you owe over N2tn. The problem we are having is that you won’t even know the ones that are real and the ones that are political.