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Jonathan sets up panel to probe NDDC

 By OKEY NDIRIBE, ABUJA

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday,  set up an eight-man committee to audit  contracts awarded by  the  Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC. The Committee  would also examine other transactions and activities that hindered the activities  of the NDDC.

In a statement  by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Senator Anyim Pius Anyim said; “The Committee which will be headed by Mr. Steve Oronsaye is expected to look into the problems that have hindered the operations of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NNDC,  and generated several concerns among stakeholders. ”

Other members of the Committee are : Bamidele Aturu,  B. O. N. Oti, ,Senator Bassew Ewa   Henshaw, Mrs. Koripama-Agari, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim, a  representative of the Bureau for Public Procurement and   Mr. Raymond U. Brown of the Office of  the Secretary to the Government of the Federation  as Secretary.

The Terms of Reference of the Committee are 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.

According to the SGF, ” the Committee has two weeks to complete its assignment.”


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