The Governing Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has reaffirmed its commitment to making the Commission’s systems and processes more transparent for the sustainable development of the Niger Delta region.
This is contained in a 21-Point focus set out at the Board’s inaugural meeting in Port Harcourt on Thursday, as strategic to regional development.
The Commission’s Chairman, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, SAN, stated that it was imperative to create opportunities “for public participation to engender confidence in the activities of the commission by all stakeholders in the region.”
Other points, Senator Ndoma-Egba stated, include curtailing the indiscriminate award of contracts in the Commission and that the Board's approval must be obtained for all procurement of projects and programmes.
He said: “The Board must adopt policies that would moderate or streamline the number of new procurements in the Commission, given that as at today, NDDC has over 9000 (nine thousand)ongoing projects, most of which are experiencing funding, implementation and other challenges.
“The Board must determine the status of each ongoing projects and programmes and put in place a mechanism to re-evaluate the viability of some projects, revise the scope of others, re-negotiate the cost of some and relocate or merge others, as well as evolve a strategy for settling verified debts.”
The NDDC chairman also said because of paucity of funds, it was inevitable to prioritise projects and programmes, stating that “deliberate efforts must be made to determine the number of projects that can be focused upon and quickly completed.”
He declared that, “as a matter of urgency, the corporate headquarters building of NDDC and the remaining state office buildings must be given serious attention by the Board.”
Other points raised by the Board include: