Stella Dimoko Korkus.com: Niger Delta Fund Totalling N273bn Reportedly Missing.

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Niger Delta Fund Totalling N273bn Reportedly Missing.

 Violation of contract award process, sleaze and other issues were responsible for the stunted growth of the Niger Delta, report has said.
The government of the late Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua created the Ministry of Niger Delta in 2008 to oversee the region’s development.




A ministerial technical audit committee on the contracts awarded by the ministry between 2009 and 2015 has said most of the contracts awarded in the oil-rich region had no impact on the people.

The committee’s report also revealed that only N427 billion, representing 60 per cent out of N700 billion, budgeted for the ministry during the period was disbursed.

Project worth over N273 billion for which had been paid for cannot be accounted for, says the report.
The ministry was created as a special purpose vehicle to facilitate the development of the region. The incumbent minister, Uguru Usani, is an indigene of the region.

The states are Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo and Rivers. The committee was set up by Mr. Usani this year to evaluate and prioritise the projects embarked upon by the ministry in the nine Niger Delta states based on the availability of funds and overall impact on the living conditions of the benefitting communities. The report recommended the termination of six project while urging the refund of the amount collected on two others.

According to the report, all projects were to achieve the objective of enhancing socio-economic activities, human capital development and environmental protection of the region.

“Sadly, very insignificant numbers of projects have reached practical completion to provide the sense of belonging expected by Niger Deltans across board,” the committee said in the document obtained by PREMIUM TIMES.
“About 80% of the projects are either on-going, abandoned after payments, total abdication or refusal to deliver as in the case of Youth Capacity Building Programmes.

“The Federal Government well-intended intervention programme in the Niger Delta Region was poorly implemented six years after flag-off with serious consequences,” the report said.

The committee said it found out that the total cost of projects within the period was N700,538,741,691.30 excluding services (security, rent and facility management), adding that N446,421,385,864.41 was certified for payment but N423,172,256,347.84 was paid.


It said, “In other words, between 2009 and 2015, about 60% of contracts awarded were paid, but approximately 40% of work was practically achieved”.
While juxtaposing its finding from the project sites against fact retrieved from available documents domiciled in the departments that supervised the projects, the committee observed that there was violation of contract award process.
The report lamented that, “the way billions of naira are mentioned in construction projects value in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs has become so banal that very soon, it is believed that they are likely to escalate to trillions of naira, even though the values do not appear realistic vis-à-vis the value added to the region through such contracts.”


It said right from the cycle of procurement planning to contract award, it noticed inconsistencies with the provisions of vital aspects of the Procurement Act.
Prominent amongst other issues of violation, it stated, were indiscriminate award of contract by initiating and benefiting departments without the leading and guiding role of the procurement department.


“Awards never took cognisance of availability of funds and annual appropriation provisions,” the committee said.
“The structure and content of some contract agreements were loose for checks and balances, indeed hardly protect the interest of the ministry in case of disputes.”
On delivery and capacity, the committee said the imminent picture of abandoned and uncompleted projects was as disturbing as the retinue of projects that extremely exceeded the dates of completion.

It said, “This manifestly, emanated from inconsistency in government annual budgetary provision and lack of capacity to deliver especially where funds released do not correspond with performance.

“Most contracts were awarded with specific dates of completion but were not captured in subsequent appropriations. This further exacerbated contractors’ poor performance and inability to achieve project objectives. Consequently, no capital project was completed within the stipulated time frame.”


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13 comments:

nzube izuu said...

Na who come steal the money na? All these bogus figures being mentioned upandan! Oriegwu!!!

Anonymous said...

The Niger Deltans and the so called Avengers need to see this and rethink. Who has been eating their money? Who are those who collected money and didn't do the work? Who initiated the projects and what benefits were they to them?

School Life said...

End time vis-à-vis

Zitel Coconut oil Onitsha 08081725441 said...

My dear. My thoughts exactly.

Loveme Jeje said...

Wickedness by these people. See how they ate money. What is that mumu man's name and others. Buhari hold them responsible. I concur with that

edDREAMZ said...

a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said...
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Start jailling some people abeg.....
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***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

Tuscany said...

They see it but wont rethink.
I have always said they should ask their own leaders what has been done with the billions they have so far received and with little or nothing to show for it. And its always beeb their people that have headed the ministry

Anonymous said...

The biggest problem with the Niger Delta is their own leadership. Their leaders have been robbing them blind, yet they fight everybody else.

OliviaSilk said...

Exactly.
They should know their enemy is not the FG but their own leaders who have been appointed to overlook the region and its development.
They should re-direct their war to some "persons "who are sooooo wicked to siphon money which has been marked out for their OWN development.


Akwa-Ibom carry second. They would rather take cash than you build an industry or road. They will frustrate your life out. Just share cash and they are okay. Go with your development, they don't want.

Morgana said...

Stella, this is just for the Ministry of ND oh..wait until they do a report on the Amnesty program and the NDDC.....what about the 13% derivative they get???? I have always said it that the NDA was fighting with the wrong people....Nigerians must stand up to demand for accountability from their elected officers, starting from. The LGA chairmen ...Stella you need to see the corruption going on even with the so called 'constituency projects....All our politicians are thieves and some contractors are beneficiaries of these corrupt practices too.....we need a revolution...
Lol


kemikane said...

Na today. The avengers are just destroying their land. They should go and ask their leaders.

Olaide Davies said...

I'm sure they know that their leaders have been robbing them they just like creating problem for the nation.

Anonymous said...

Corruption everywhere. Ministry of Niger Delta that could not complete one road in six years yet billions of Naira has been collected. NDDC is no different.

Its good the report of this audit is made public. at least Nigerians will know what has happened to the tax payers money invested in these sham contracts.

Unlike AMCON who will never publish audit reports because a lot of their people are indicted. The rot in AMCON smells badly. Taking over companies and running them aground. Look at the case of Aerocontractors.

AMCON took over Aero with 11 aeroplanes but today they are down to none. The only thing AMCON has done is to add to aero wage bill with bogus appointments of their cronies who they send to an insolvent company to collect bogus salaries.

PMB and CBN pls look into AMCON and save Nigerians from more hardship.

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