By Egufe Yafugborhi
WARRI—A study by two civil society groups has accused Niger Delta Institutions, NDIs, of delivering too little to improve lives in the region against overwhelming funds made available to these agencies.
The study sponsored by the United State Agency for International Development, USAID, and Partnership Initiatives for the Niger Delta, PIND, was carried out by Delta State based Lite-Africa and Edo rooted African Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ.
Titled Citizen Report Card on Niger Delta Institutions, NDIs, the study in 2015 covered eight local government areas across Cross Rivers, Delta, Edo and Ondo. It noted that the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, states oil commissions, the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and even Community Development Committees, CDCs, set up by oil firms in the region do not consult the communities in the choice of project allocation.
“Findings revealed that development interventions by NDIs have failed to meet the needs of the region. It reflects poor policy nature of these agencies and how far they are from the communities.
“Poor coordination among NDIs led to duplicated and substandard projects across communities surveyed. Delta and Ondo states topped the list of abandoned projects followed by Edo before Cross Rivers,” the report stated.