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Group Supports Federal Government's Directive On Forensic Audit Of The N D D C Saturday Aug 22 2020   @Tonye Lekara
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A development driven business group under the aegis of  Contractors Association of Niger Delta Development Commission (CA-NDDC) , was yesterday, Friday , August 21, 2020, unanimously endorsed the Forensic Auditing of the NDDC Interim Management Committee (IMC) as earlier directed by President Muhammadu Buhari,  GCFR.

Port Harcourt correspondent of, Emeka Ogechukwu , gathered during the weekend that a group , Transparency Advocacy for Development Initiative , has passionately , while throwing caution to the wind , called on President Muhmadu Buhari to salvage the fast denigrating image of the NDDC by quickly dissolving the board , and also suspend Sen. Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs , over alleged serial  mismanagement and  perennial  corruption rocking the commission .

This reporter , who also monitored the meeting disclosed that Contractors Association of the NDDC stated this in a communiqué issued after an extraordinary meeting of the president and the enlarged executives of the group in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The communiqué, which was made available to newsmen and a select national dailies, was duly signed by the National chairman , founding father as well as president , Contractors Association of Niger Delta Development Commission , Mr. Ebuka Sebastian Nnanyiri and the grand patron of CA-NDDC , High Chief Jasper Jumbo.

With the current controversy which has almost kept the Commission on a standstill operational cause , Contractors Association of Niger Delta Development Commission also made a heart warming call on all contractors to go back to their various sites and ensure that their jobs were of high standard as stipulated in their contractual agreements and memorandum of Understanding with the NDDC, urging their presidents to liaise with the association's grand patron to forward a partial list of ' performing contractors with recognizable milestones' for prioritized processing and possible payment as soon as the Commission makes funds available.

The association, authoritatively gathered , disclosed that it was able to arrive at this decision and position after an accord was reached between the Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Prof. K. Pondei , the NDDC Interim  Management Committee and top echelon of the management staff of the Commission on a win-win situation.

The rather constructive dialogue , the group said , was held during the week between the founding fathers of the defunct OMPADEC |NDDC and their president , Ebuka Sebastian Nnayiri and other executive members of the group at the new NDDC Headquarters along Eastern Bye-Pass Port Harcourt , where it was generally agreed.

The group which prided herself as one of the key implementing stakeholders in the realisation of the NDDC's mission mandate said; '' it has watched helplessly over the years the  deterioration and  undermining of the fate of her membership as many performing contractors have died as a result of thinking or penury. While some have gone insolvent and at worst , blacklisted by many banks they obtained loans from to execute NDDC projects."

The reporter further gathered that , there are also some Contractors whose collaterals have been seized,  mortgaged or even sold by banks ,  others had died out of high blood pressure while alot more live in perpetual fear of either being harassed by banks or those they borrowed money from to execute NDDC projects .

In the said communiqué, Port Harcourt correspondent gathered that, the group resolved that the Association should henceforth be seen , recognized and encouraged as a working partner that can help to project the aims and objectives of the Commission in the areas of professional execution of works awarded and monitoring to ensure quality in the implementation of NDDC awarded projects and helping the Commission protect implemented projects within communities. 

The group through its national president , Chief Jumbo, resolved that the National Assembly should , as a matter of national priorities and regional inclusiveness , prioritize and approve the lingering 2020 Budget of the NDDC , so as to give NDDC Management enough room to implement the budget. 

While lampooning the abandonment of the founding fathers and other critical stakeholders who staked their intellectual properties , personal resources and relationships with previous administrations by successive governments , board and management of the NDDC , the group also saluted the resilience and  forthrightness of President Muhammad Buhari to thoroughly sanitize and fumigate the NDDC through the  presidential directives for a well conducted Forensic Auditing of the cash cow and money spilling Commission.

Meanwhile , keen observers and watchers of the NDDC economic activities and implementation template for  payments have also accused the group of  allegedly  protecting some of  her highly placed  members  whose companies were said to be used as conduit pipes to siphon money from the Commission through unexecuted or abandoned awarded contracts over the years.

Ogechukwu Emeka reporting from Port Harcourt 

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