NIGER DELTA Development
Commission, NDDC, has set up a
corruption charges committee for
an investigative hearing to deal
with allegations of corruption
and racketeering concerning the
At a meeting of the management
committee of the commission in
Port Harcourt, at the weekend, the
managing director/CEO, Nsima U.
Ekere declared that “it is imperative
and urgent for the commission to find
out, what was true and what was not
true about the allegations, in order to
immediately tackle them.”
Ekere, who expressed displeasure at
“all the stories of corruption surround
the commission,” said it was time to
clean up the interventionist agency
in order to position it to effectively
and efficiently facilitate sustainable
regional development.
“We cannot allow these stories
and allegations to keep making the
rounds,” he stated, adding that “we
cannot continue to act as though these
allegations are not important enough to be investigated. We cannot continue to
act as though they do not affect us.
“The new governing board and
management are determined to
restructure our balance sheet, restore our
core mandate, reform all our governance
processes and project implementation
protocols, and are also determined to do
what is right and proper, at all times, to
give this great region the commission it
“So we are going to set up this committee,
to hold an investigative hearing, where
these contractors and individuals who
have evidence of corruption will come
and present them. The committee will
work with interest groups like the civil
society and the media, to ensure that its
work passes the test of time and inquiry,”
he said.
The managing director immediately
inaugurated a six-man committee
headed by director of Special Duties,
Dr. Princewill Ekanim, and urged it to
submit its report within two weeks.
“The federal government is determined
to change the way government business
is conducted,” he said, “because we have
a lot to do to fulfill the expectations and
hopes of the people.