The President, Buhari has ordered a forensic audit of the operations of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC from 2001 to 2019.
The President’s decision came following the incessant accusations and criticisms of the operations of the NDDC.
In a tweet, the President said, “I have ordered a forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). With the amount of money the Federal Government has allocated to the NDDC, we‘d like to see the results on the ground; those that are responsible for that have to explain certain issues. “
The President had said this while receiving governors of the states that make up the Commission, led by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on Thursday in Abuja.
Buhari said what is presently on ground in the South-south region does not justify the Billions of Naira that have been allocated to the organization.
He further said, “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, “
President Muhammadu Buhari admitted that developing the Niger Delta area required enormous resources compared to other parts of the country with firmer lands.
“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 can do it well with experienced consultants,” the President added.
However, he said that he would wait for the report of the audit before deciding on the next line of action regarding the organization.
Governor Dickson had earlier 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.
He, therefore, called for the repositioning of the NDDC to achieve the objectives for which it was set up.
This had sparked much reactions from Nigerians on social media today.