OrderPaperToday – Nigerians on Twitter have demanded more openness and transparency from the Nigerian Content Development and monitoring Board (NCDMB).
In a tweet chat series hosted by RemTrack- a Citizen Engagement Platform on Nigeria’s petroleum sector, they however acknowledged that the Board is on Twitter and doing some awareness creation.
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They declared this on the live tweet chat series which was themed ” Social Investment from the Petroleum Sector and the Local Content Question”, which featured guest speakers Mr. EbenezarWikina and Ejiro Umukoro.
When asked what specific accountability measures the management of the NCDMB and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) should put in place to satisfy value for money they receive, Mr. Wikina (@EbenezarWikina) tweeted: “Knowing that #NaOurOilMoney, Board and Commission leadership should understand that they are entitled to the people. Transparency in procurement, employment, budgeting, contracting…everything. The people need to be carried along all the step of the way!
“This will mean publishing financial records, documents, budgets, giving regular updates about activities etc. The Niger Delta people need to be carried along because they deserve it, it is their right not a privilege.” #NaOurOilMoney
On her part, Ms. Umukoro said: “In addition @NDDCOfficialNGR is currently has over 5000-6000 ongoing projects. Who is monitoring these? Is the @OfficialNCDMB on top of this matter? There are projects tagged “Star Project” within the range of N200M that are lot considered ‘important projects’ based on my investigations. Rather than fast track these then are left abandoned.
“But these projects needs fast tracking! Cases of sitting projects where it benefits no one must be put to a stop by @OfficialNCDMB. Infrastructure must not be politicised. Technocrats must man affairs to ensure efficient execution.@NGRPresident must be involved in seeing Nigerians get better life.”
Reporting by Vivienne Dehinde-Joseph