Huge corruption, Buhari orders 18 years NDDC forensic audit

Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigeria president has ordered 18 years forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) from 2001 to 2019.

The directive came when the region governors paid the president a visit at the Aso Villa in Abuja on Thursday.

The president said the order has become necessary following critiques and accusations of huge corruption that take place in the operation of NDDC.

Buhari said projects seen in the region does not reflect the huge amount of monies that have been channelled to NDDC.

“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,” he said.

“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,’’ he said.

“I am very much 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 added.

Buhari said the result of the audit will decide the action he will take concerning the NDDC.

Mr. Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa state Governor who led the delegation to the president described the operation of the NDDC as very unsatisfactory.

WEST AFRICA REPORTERS (WAR) has reported how NDDC operation is characterized by corruption.

WAR Investigation revealed that a greater percentage of the NDDC projects in Niger Delta were either below the set standard or had been abandoned by contractors.

When WAR sought the response of the NNDC office regarding most of its projects, the Commission declined to comment.

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