OrderPaperToday – Nigerians on social media have called on the government to move decisively against the practice of contracts and job racketeering said to be going on in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the Nigeria Content Management and Development Board (NCMDB).

They also asked the authorities to correct the false belief that only foreign companies can execute certain contracts and enforce the law on local content in the nation’s oil and gas industry.

These positions were canvassed during a tweet chat series, themed “Social Investment from the Petroleum Sector and the Local Content Question”, hosted by RemTrack, a Citizen Engagement Platform on Nigeria’s petroleum sector.

RemTrack is an initiative of OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative.

Using the Twitter hashtag #NaOurOilMoney, guest speaker, Ejiro Umukoro, an investigative journalist, broadcast specialist and General Manager of MEGA 88.1FM, tweeted severally on the theme.

Using her handle @ladyeumukoro, Umukoro said:”Kickbacks, dubious contracts and the falsely perpetuated belief that only ‘oyibo’ can do the work has enabled the funnelling of host communities monies overseas. Many Expats knowing how corruption runs uses the system to siphon overseas.”

“A situation where Heads of Dept sign off the bill of quantities because they have political godfathers shows deep corruption. Security fees are like open checks to siphon monies too. With 95% of @NDDCOfficialNGR given to indigenous contractors. It also begs the questions: why do Nigerian contractors short change Nigerians? Why does the government not have the political will to discipline and enforce the law of fellow political partners who drain this country and impoverished its people?”

Another speaker on the programme, Mr. Ebenezar Wikina, media and policy strategist, tweeted: ” You can’t be working for us without us. The Commission and Board need to constantly find ways to engage various groups in executing various projects. You don’t have to bring people from outside the region when people here can do the work!”

 

Reporting by Vivienne Dehinde-Joseph

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