3 January 2012
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) budgeted a whopping sum of N1.3 billion on fumigation of its premises and another N2.2bn to organise seminars in the 2011 fiscal year, according to details of the commission’s budget approved by the National Assembly.
President Goodluck Jonathan presented the commission’s N250 billion budget for 2011 fiscal year to the legislature late in December, blaming the delay on leadership tussle in the NDDC.
The National Assembly speedily passed the budget after increasing it to N261 billion.
Details of the budget obtained by Daily Trust in
Abuja showed that N1.3 billion was provided for the fumigation of offices in the commission’s headquarters in and other offices elsewhere. Port Harcourt
The NDDC headquarters is a nine-floor storey building, but Daily Trust could not confirm the number of offices in the structure.
Also, the budget provided N1.2 billion for “presidential project monitoring,” which an insider said is meant to be spent on hosting government officials who come visiting the NDDC offices and project sites.
The commission also got N1.8 billion to spend on traveling; N603 million for staff training; N550 million for international conferences; and N759 million for project consultancy.
Vehicle running cost got N794 million and N174 million was provided for vehicle maintenance.
Payment of insurance by the commission gulped N550 million; N550 million is for donations; N638 million for security; and N682 million for hotel bills.