The president of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a forensic audit to be carried out on the operations of the Niger Delta Development Commission from 2001 to 2019 due to the consistent criticisms targeted at the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC).
The Governor of Bayelsa, Governor Seriake Dickson state was present at Abuja on Thursday, October 17 when the President made the statement.
President Muhammadu Buhari said
what is presently on the ground in the South-south region does not justify the huge resources that have been made available to the organization.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. The projects said to have been done must be verifiable. You just cannot say you spent so many 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
I am acutely 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,Mr. President continued.
He also said that he would wait for the report of the audit before deciding on the next line of action regarding the organization.
The Governor of Bayelsa State, Dickson expressed the disappointment of other governors with the operations of the NDDC, which they said was characterized by a poor choice of projects, shoddy handling, uncompleted jobs and lack of the required support for the efforts of the states and local government administration in the region covered by the organization.