The Lawyer-Common of the Federation Abubakar Malami has mentioned greater than 13,000 initiatives executed in Nigeria’s niger delta space have been considerably compromised regardless of the Niger Delta Improvement Fee (NDDC) receiving $14.580 billion allocation from 2001 to 2019.
Mr Malami mentioned this on Thursday when he spoke on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari on the presentation of a report on the forensic audit of the NDDC.
“The federal authorities is especially involved with the colossal loss occasioned by uncompleted and unverified growth initiatives within the Niger Delta area, despite the large sources made accessible to uplift the dwelling customary of the residents,” he mentioned.
“It’s evident that appreciable sources have been channelled by the Federal Authorities to the event of the Niger Delta from 2001 to 2019,” Mr Malami mentioned.
Inside 19 years, from 2001 and 2019, Malami mentioned the federal authorities authorised over N3.3 trillion to the company as budgetary allocation and N2.4trillion as “revenue from statutory and non-statutory sources”.
This, in line with him, “brings the full determine to the sum of roughly six trillion Naira given to the Niger Delta Improvement Fee”.
The minister mentioned regardless of this, “We’ve got on document over 13,777 initiatives, the execution of which is considerably compromised”.
So as to add to the poorly executed or non-execution of contracts, Mr Malami identified the difficulty of the company operating 362 financial institution accounts leading to an absence of correct reconciliation of accounts.
“The federal authorities will, in consequence, apply the legislation to treatment the deficiencies outlined within the audit report as applicable.
“This may embody, however not restricted to, initiation of prison investigations, prosecution, restoration of funds not correctly utilised for the general public functions for which they have been meant for, assessment of the legal guidelines to reposition and restructure the NDDC for the effectivity of higher service supply, amongst others.
“In all these cases of actions, authorized due processes will strictly be complied with.”
By Abel Ejikeme