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NDDC crisis: Board petitions SGF

By Charles Kumolu
THE Board of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has petitioned the Secretary to the Federal Government, SGF,  Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, on the need  to take appropriate steps against erring members found culpable in the lingering crisis among top members of the commission.

This, according to the board, is to change the negative and wrong perception being portrayed to the public by the internal wrangling.

It also regretted that the inability of the top management staff, including  the managing director and executive  director, projects, to work together harmoniously has generated accusations and counter-accusations which have now been made subject of public discourse.

According a letter addressed to the Secretary to the Federal Government, which was signed by NDDC Board Chairmain, AVM Larry Koinyan(rtd), the board resolved that there :should be strict adherence to due process, in line with the provisions of the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) Act 2007 and that any contract awarded without full compliance with due process should be cancelled.

The letter read in part: “With respect to the lingering crisis among the top management members of the Commission, the Governing Board had taken some positive steps to address the issue, but it does appear that the officers had not taken to heart the admonitions of the Board.  “The Board notes that on a good number of occasions, these gentlemen had been called upon and admonished by the office of the SGF, but without any impact.

“The board feels strongly that if appropriate steps are not taken against the erring member(s) of the top management of the commission that are involved in the impasse, the mission of the commission and vision of Mr. President for the Niger Delta may not be realised.”

The NDDC board regretted that the parties to the present impasse have refused to heed its admonitions and advice, noting that their actions were capable of derailing the commission from delivering development to Niger Delta people.


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