FEDERAL government has
ordered investigation into the
educational qualification of
members of staff of the Niger
Delta Development Commission,
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs,
Uguru Usani, gave the directive
when he visited the commission
on Friday in Port Harcourt.
He expressed optimism that
the investigation would expose
ghost workers and staff members,
who gained employment in
the commission with forged
According to him, the federal
government is committed to
purging the commission of sleazy
practices with focus to fast track
development of the Niger Delta.
“We have observed that there
are several people working in
NDDC with forged certificates,
which is partly responsible for the
bad image of the commission.
“Directors of the various
departments in the commission
are expected to submit the
nominal roll of their respective
departments to the Managing
Director, Nsima Ekere, within one
“We will not tolerate any delay
to this directive and as such,
failure to submit the nominal roll
on or before one week would lead
to sanction.
“Any departmental head who
signed for a ghost worker would
face the music,” he said.
Mr. Usani, who was
accompanied by the House
Committee Chairman on NDDC,
Nicholas Mutu, warned against
political interference in the
He said, henceforth, political
interference in the running of the
commission would be resisted and
assured that Federal Government
was committed to “governance
without partisanship.”
The managing director said the
commission would partner with
the Ministry of Niger Delta, its
supervising ministry, to complete
construction of the East-West road
He said the road project, which
cut across six states in the Niger
Delta, would cost in excess of N70
billion to complete.
“The strategy will be to harness
private sector collaboration
to complete the road project.
The portions that have totally
collapsed will be addressed
“We will involve multiple
contractors, especially the Eleme-
Refinery Junction road, which is
a strategic link to the oil and gas
industry in Nigeria.
“The East-West road is also
strategic because it connects Edo,
Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom
and Cross River states,” he said.
Mr. Ekere said the commission
had deployed a technology
designed to monitor project with
focus to reduce incidences of
abandoned projects in the area.
He said the technology would
enable the commission to monitor
project sites and record progress of
work in real time.
“With this technology,
contractors will longer lie to us
that they are on site when the
work is not going on,” he said.

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