OrderPaperToday – The acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr. Joi Nunieh, has ordered the commission’s Directorate of Planning, Research and Statistics to treat budgetary implementation requests (recurrent and capital) from the various directorate, departments, units and state offices for the year 2020.

This is against the backdrop of the Senate’s insistence that it will only consider a budget presented by a properly constituted board and not the interim management committee of the commission.

In a memo dated 15th January, 2020, the acting MD said, “The Directorate of Planning, Research and Statistics is hereby directed to treat budgetary implementation requests (Recurrent and Capital) from the various directorates, departments, units and state offices for the year 2020.

“Please recall that the president and commander in chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari (CCFR) has signed into law, the federation’s 2020 Budget (Appropriation Act)’. Also in the approved budget, the sum of N80,881,610,074 only has been appropriated to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).”

The memo also stated, “It is pertinent to state here that the commission is an intervention agency whose activities are predominantly in the Niger Delta Region with a peculiar and harsh geographical terrain and is greatly influenced by the weather conditions.”

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Damilola Zebulun Adeniran
Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is a Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellow. He is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank Group. Also, Damilola's written work on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA and the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) Marketplace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.


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