By: on October 11, 2020
President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent pledge to seek stronger collaboration in the fight against corruption may sound ambitious but that announcement at this time has certainly exposed the flaws in his adopted approach. Truth is all is not well with anti-corruption campaign of this administration. The battle should be embraced by every sector of governance for it to be impactful and a more clearly defined approach is needed. From what the president said the other day, it appears that he has bee...
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By: on September 11, 2020
The ongoing rumble in the jungle at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) obviously exposes the rot and the level of grip the criminals have on us in our society. I weep for my country, Nigeria. I am not a fan of the federal legislators. This is not because I do not value their job but because they do not merit what they are paid for representing their constituencies. The ignorance of the constituents, no doubt, gives the legislators unfettered rights to misrepresent the constituents. ...
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By: on September 3, 2020
Last week, the House of Representatives and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) engaged in hot exchange over the suspension of probes in the parliament by its leadership. In the past few weeks, the Nigerian polity has been heated by fireworks emanating from the House between its members and some members of the executive over allegations of corruption and malfeasance in the management of the affairs of governance. From the probe of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to the Nigerian S...
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By: on August 29, 2020
For some bigwigs at the troubled Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the days ahead may not be too peaceful following confirmation that about 12,000 projects will face forensic auditing. Sentry gathered that palpable fear has gripped some senior officials of the agency as the date for the commencement of the exercise draw nearer. According to our sources, not a few people are worried that some abandoned projects already “taken care of” through the instrument of officialdom are now to b...
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By: on August 25, 2020
Against the backdrop of gross underdevelopment of the oil-rich Niger-Delta region characterized by environmental despoliation, poverty and despondency there was established in July 1992, by decree number 23 the Oil Mineral Producing Area Development Commission (OMPADEC) with the mandate to rehabilitate and develop the region. Considerable attention was to be accorded human resource development through postgraduate scholarships amongst others and to establish science centers. A succeeding agency,...
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By: on August 21, 2020
A couple of years ago, a young lady working at the JAMB office stunned the nation when she said the JAMB money in her possession was swallowed by a snake. It was such an incredulous admission that the social media made a joke of it for quite a while. Even the regular, mainstream media made jocular comments. I can maybe understand why. The admission was so beyond belief, so imbecile for an adult to make, that it had to be a joke. But if it was, then it was a bad joke.And it said so much about...
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By: on August 18, 2020
THE governance of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, must be totally reset to enable it deliver its core mandate of developing the oil-rich Niger Delta.The current model, which makes it more of a honeypot and patronage centre, renders it a nursery of corruption, confusion and infighting, thus derailing any meaningful attempt towards turning the developmental deficits of the region around. Under the current model, members of the Board of Directors are drawn from the oil-producing ...
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By: on August 18, 2020
NIGERIA’s public service system is in obvious need of a comprehensive repositioning to make it more autonomously responsive to the needs of the governments and the general public. The service orientation of government bureaucracies at all levels in Nigeria is abysmal. Few public servants really want to do their paid work. Government offices may bubble with staff, but very little real work is done. People are more interested in activities that enrich them beyond their normal salaries. Much...
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By: on August 10, 2020
Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a forensic audit of the operations of the Niger Delta Development Commission from 2001 to 2019. The decision followed persistent criticisms of the operations of the commission. The President said what was presently on ground in the South-South region did not justify the huge resources that had been made available to the agency. Considering the statement of Mr. President, a project audit (which focuses on financial and performance) should also be...
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By: on August 3, 2020
FIRST of all, let me put my cards on the table: I am a friend of the Niger Delta region. Some of my dearest buddies come from that region. Chief Edwin Clark is like a father-figure to me; a mentor, counsellor and confidante. The late Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr, 1968—2016, was one of my dearest friends. Together, we used to discuss the struggles of the peoples of the Niger Delta for liberation from the stranglehold of oppression, exploitation and marginalisation. He confided to me that he and his fat...
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By: on July 30, 2020
THE current tensions in the National Assembly concerning the lack of transparency in the running of the Niger Delta Development Commission demand a national response. Beyond the allegations and counter-allegations, as well as the theatrics and sordid revelations emanating from the ongoing parliamentary probes into the NDDC operations, what is ultimately needed is an independent inquiry. This is particularly so given the allegation by a former NDDC acting Managing Director, Joy Nunieh, that the M...
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By: on July 30, 2020
Crude oil or the black gold was first discovered in Oloibiri in the present day Bayelsa state in 1956 four years to the nation’s political independence. Some political analysts have opined that if this discovery had come much earlier, the British would not have left the country but we would have had a metamorphosis of what occurred in South Africa where you have white citizens. The initial discovery didn’t mean much as the value was not any better than the groundnut pyramids of the north, coal o...
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