OrderPaperToday – Shocking revelations surrounding the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and its numerous abandoned projects in states in the region emerged Tuesday during a one day public hearing organised by the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee on NDDC.
At the interactive session of the public hearing on the abandoned projects in the NDDC from 2000 till date, the cost of award, period of award, the state of completion and constraints as it affects NDDC, Office of the Accountant General of the federation confirmed the earlier disclosure by the new minister of the ministry, Godswill Akpabio that it has released since inception to date, August, 2019, the sum of over 738 billion federal government contributions to the commission.
This, it said, is outside contributions made by the international oil companies and possibly other grants outside budgetary provisions and contributions which NDDC benefits.
The Office of the Auditor General of the federation revealed also that the sum of N61.4billion was collected by the companies involved as mobilization fee for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) projects from 2000-2015 that was later abandoned.
A stakeholder from Aiyetoro community, Ondo State, Gbenga Edema while speaking on the abandonment of some major projects in the area said N6.6billion contract was revoked without collecting of any money from the awarded company. Edema
highlighted 115 projects, either abandoned or poorly executed. He specifically expressed worry over the Aiyetoro shore line project, resulting from sea erosion.
A Commissioner of Works, Akwa Ibom State, Ephraim Inyang-Eyem lamented on the abandonment of some major projects in the state. He said despite the huge resources injected into the commission the entire region has been littered with abandoned and substandard projects, with state governments left to bear the burden of reconstruction which include roads, bridges and drainages.
On his part, Ogua-Olusan of Warri, Brown Mene highlighted on the Koko Uvheye link road which he said has been under construction over 50 years ago.
Chief Mene explained that of the 17 roads earmarked for that area only four has been mobilized, Edo, Rivers, Cross River, Bayelsa were absent. Agencies which also spoke includes representatives of Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP and other stakeholders.
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) was established in the year 2000 to ameliorate the suffering of the people of the Niger delta over the long years of crude oil exploration and its attendant consequences of environmental degradation.