14 September 2011
The Steve Oronsaye Committee set up to probe the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has described the agency as “acutely crises-ridden,” and has recommended “immediate intervention” to reverse the decay in the commission.
President Goodluck Jonathan had in July set up the seven-man committee to audit contracts awarded by the NDDC. The committee was also charged to examine other transactions and activities that hindered the activities of the NDDC. It was also directed to look into the problems that hindered the operations of the NNDC and generated several concerns among stakeholders.
This is even as President Jonathan yesterday declared that his administration would take prompt and decisive action to sanitise the NDDC and transform it into a more effective organisation.
He warned that his administration would not tolerate project abandonment stressing that it was totally unacceptable. He added that the era of contractors taking money and not doing their work was over.
The Terms of Reference of the Committee were as follows: To assess and evaluate a sample of some NDDC Projects ; evaluate the contractor’s prequalification process in the Commission; evaluate the roles and relationship of the Board, Management and Staff of the Commission; evaluate the procurement practices of the Commission and its compliance to the letter and spirit of the Public Procurement Act; evaluate the institutionalization of the orientation of all personnel of the Commission at all levels, in order to inform and manage expectations and evaluate fund management of the Commission.
They were also charged to unravel the causes of the crisis which had bedeviled the commission over the years
See my presentation: Deirdre LaPin:
“How Dependency Bedevils Development in the
Niger Delta” Presented April 2 2009 at a Conference on the . Gulf of Guinea