President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday received 10 reports from a presidential committee on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) which gave a damning verdict on suspicious deals and abysmal performance by the interventionist body since 2004.
The president told the Projects Monitoring Committee, headed by Chief Isaac Jemide, that the Federal Government would investigate issues raised by the committee regarding abandoning of projects and variation of contracts without adherence to due process. Observing that the NDDC was established to check militancy through well structured regional development modules, the president said if it was not seen as doing that by prudently managing resources, then “we have issues at the NDDC.”
Jonathan also said the government would probe the renovation of Port Harcourt Club, a private entity, by the NDDC, while pledging to find ways of creating synergy between the board and management of the commission that are constantly locked in turf wars. Expressing surprise at the neglect the Jemide Committee suffered from the commission’s management while it was carrying out its assignment, the president said this development had given government “a little more work to do” in trying to unravel what went wrong with the commission over the years.
He said: “I can assure you that government is going to look into the report and the summary statement you have made and we will see all we can do for the development of NDDC.
“I think the report is from 2004 to 2011, that means the report of 2011 is yet to come in and that concerns the present leadership of NDDC because the chairman has not spent up to a year.