NDDC, Chamber Of Commerce To Boost Small Businesses

A file photo of the NDDC emblem.

 

The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC has pledged to collaborate with the Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, PHCCIMA, to boost Small and Medium Enterprises and Industries, SMEI’s, in the Niger Delta region.

Speaking during a courtesy call by a delegation from PHCCIMA at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt, the Commission’s Interim Administrator, Dr. Efiong Akwa, noted that SMEI’s play a critical role in the development of any nation.

He said: “In today’s world, SME’s play critical roles in the development of any economy. For instance, in Italy, SMEs account for about 75 per cent of the total Gross Domestic Product, GDP, of the country, likewise in other jurisdictions.

“We will continue to partner with the PHCCIMA in areas of youth entrepreneurship, capacity building programmes, as well as participation in trade missions for the purpose of building capacity that will boost economic activities.”

“In today’s global world, SMEI’s play a key role in providing employment. NDDC is a corporate member of the PHCCIMA and I look forward to strengthening our relationship with the PHCCIMA.”

Speaking on the NDDC Microfinance Bank, the Interim Administrator said that the NDDC Microfinance Bank is a Private Limited Liability Company established by the staff of the NDDC. “I urge you to invest in the NDDC Microfinance Bank.”

Akwa assured the PHCCIMA delegation that the NDDC would renew its corporate membership of the PHCCIMA and promised that the Commission would participate in the forthcoming Port Harcourt International Trade Fair in December.

Earlier in his remarks, the President of PHCCIMA, Eze Mike Elechi, noted that the Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce was a recognized leader of the private sector and an umbrella to over 20,000 companies in Rivers State.

He said that the Chamber would like to forge a mutually beneficial relationship and partnership with the NDDC to help businesses in the Niger Delta region thrive, PHCCIMA being the South-South Zonal headquarters of the Nigeria Chamber of Commerce.

In his words: “We seek to partner with the NDDC to incubate SMEI’s in the Niger Delta region as well as partner with the NDDC to tackle youth restiveness by creating gainful entrepreneurship programmes and employment.”

The PHCCIMA President handed over a compendium of programmes outlining the activities and offerings of the Chamber of Commerce to the NDDC Chief Executive Officer.

Gunmen Abduct NDDC Official In Imo, Demand N10m Ransom

A file photo of the NDDC emblem.

 

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted an official of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in Imo State, Channels Television has learned.

The victim, Kingsley Okorafor, was abducted from his residence at Umuadara Umulogho Autonomous community in Obowo Local Government Area of the state.

Sources in the area explained that the incident which happened in the early hours of Saturday caused panic within the community.

They added that the NDDC official was trailed from a burial which he attended and, on his way back to his house, he was abducted while his car was left behind.

The traditional ruler of the community, Patrick Uwalaka, confirmed the incident to Channels Television’s correspondent in a telephone conversation, although the police authorities in Imo have yet to make any comment regarding the abduction.

Uwalaka stated that the appropriate authorities have been notified about the abduction and urged the security operatives to do everything possible to rescue the victim.

Elsewhere, a source within the family who pleaded anonymity confirmed that the abductors have established contacts with the family.

According to him, the assailants demanded a sum of N10 million as ransom before their victim would be released from captivity.

NDDC Cancels Unexecuted Contracts Awarded Between 2000 And 2019, Asks For Refund

A file photo of the Niger Delta Development Commission headquarters building in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
A file photo of the Niger Delta Development Commission headquarters building in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

 

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has cancelled unexecuted projects awarded between 2000 and 2019. Contractors are thus expected to refund the monies for the projects. 

In a statement issued by the NDDC on Sunday, it said the development followed a directive from the presidency.

“This is to bring to the notice of all contractors engaged by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), as well as stakeholders and the general public, that the Presidency has directed that all projects awarded by the Commission before December 31, 2019, for which the beneficiary contractors are yet to mobilise to site, are by this directive cancelled,” the statement read.

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It added that “this cancellation is subject to any future re-award in accordance with the Public Procurement Act and in line with the terms of the contracts for the award of the said projects.

“Consequently, all affected contractors are advised to note that all monies earlier received by way of mobilization for any of the projects are to be promptly refunded to the Commission’s Account with the Central Bank of Nigeria.”

EFCC Arrests Ex-NDDC MD Nsima Ekere Over Alleged N47bn Fraud

A file photo of the former NDDC boss, Nsima Ekere.

 

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday arrested the former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Nsima Ekere for alleged diversion of funds to the tune of N47 billion through registered contractors of the agency.

This is according to the Commission’s spokesperson Wilson Uwajaren who confirmed it to Channels Television.

The former NDDC boss was the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate for Akwa Ibom in the 2019 elections. He also lost the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial primary election to Governor Emmanuel Udom in 2015.

Nsima, 56, was the agency’s Managing Director between 2016 and 2018.

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Every Kobo Must Be Recovered

His arrest is the latest scandal to have been linked to the NDDC after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a forensic audit of the agency in 2019.

The audit, which is being reviewed, covered the operations of the organisation from 2001 to 2019.

Buhari, who lamented the alleged financial misappropriation in the NDDC, said his government will recover “every kobo” misappropriated.

“The serial abuse, lack of delivery, and what had become an entrenched institutional decay was the reason why I called for the forensic audit,” he said in December 2021 while commissioning the NDDC Prototype Hostel at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom.

“Therefore, going forward we shall ensure every recoverable kobo, is recovered for use in service of the people of this region, and those found culpable shall face the Law.”

Before then, the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Senator Godswill Akpabio had said there are 13, 000 abandoned projects in the region.

“The report of the audit committee showed that there are over 13,000 abandoned projects in the Niger Delta and even before the submission of the report some contractors have returned to site on their own and completed about 77 road projects,” the former Akwa Ibom governor said when he submitted the audit report to Buhari in September 2021.

“Although the exercise had a checkered history, I thank Mr President and all those who supported and ensured its success.”

Court Orders AGF To Remove NDDC From Ministry, Publish Forensic Audit Report

A file photo of the Niger Delta Development Commission headquarters building in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
A file photo of the Niger Delta Development Commission headquarters building in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

 

A Federal High Court in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has directed the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) to remove the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) from any ministry, including the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

Justice Isa Dashen, who gave the order and a couple of others, asked the AGF to dissolve the sole leadership structure of the agency and make the result of its forensic audit.

He made the orders following a motion ex parte filed on December 10, 2021, by one Odighonin Adienbo on behalf of the Wailing Women of Niger Delta (WWND), as well as the Integrity Friends for Truth and Peace Initiative (IFTPI), and others.

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The AGF and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, was listed as the sole respondent to the suit.

“That leave is hereby granted to the applicant to seek an order of this honourable court directing the respondent to dissolve the current sole administratorship structure used to run the affairs of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC),” the court said in its orders dated February 4, 2022.

“That the applicant is granted leave to seek an order of mandamus directing or compelling the respondent to immediately publish the outcome of the report of the forensic audit of NDDC.

“That an order is hereby granted directing the respondent not to place Niger Delta Development Commission under any ministry.”

Justice Dashen also granted the request for an order of mandamus directing and compelling the AGF to account for all monies that have accrued to the NDDC from the inception of its interim management till date, beginning from Professor Nelson Brambaifa.

He also granted an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendant from further consulting an interim or sole administratorship board to run the affairs of the agency, as well as directed the parties to report back to court next month.

“That this Honourable Court hereby directed the enrolled order of the court together with all process filed be served on the respondent to afford the respondent an opportunity as to why this application should not be granted.

“That the return date shall be the 5th day of April 2022 for report of service cum compliance and hearing,” the court held.

Olu Of Warri Seeks Monument For Okotie-Eboh, NDDC Board Reconstitution

President Muhammadu Buhari receives the 21st Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, at the State House on January 26, 2022.

 

The Olu of Warri, His Royal Majesty, Tsola Emiko, Ogiame Atuwatse III, has called for the immortalisation of late Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh and the reconstitution of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) board.

Ogiame Atuwatse III said this when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja on Wednesday, noting that the former finance minister achieved several milestones.

The monarch said that “as an interested party, we genuinely want a better deal for us in the Niger Delta, as we believe charity begins at home. By this, we mean that we Niger Deltans must be ready to put the betterment of our people first in all we do. Putting our people first is the only way to make our lives better”.


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A Win-Win

 

Ogiame Atuwatse III added that “not one monument is named after Chief Festus Samuel Okotie-Eboh. Therefore, we as Itsekiri hereby present a formal request that Chief Festus Samuel Okotie-Eboh be immortalised by naming a fitting memorial to his immense sacrifice for his dear country.”

Aside from these, he also decried the underutilisation of ports in Delta State – Warri, Koko, Sapele, and Burutu.

“These ports are under-utilised and can make a substantial contribution to the Nigerian economy and improve the security in our region by creating jobs for the teeming population of unemployed youths, thereby reducing insecurity in the Niger Delta,” he added. “We believe that this is a win-win for Nigeria and also a win for the Niger Delta.”

NDDC Forensic Audit: Every Kobo Will Be Recovered, Says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said his administration is reviewing the concluded forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) with a view to recovering every kobo that is recoverable.

The President had ordered a forensic audit of the NDDC in October 2019 to probe alleged financial misappropriation.

Speaking in Abuja at the virtual commissioning of the NDDC Prototype Hostel at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom, Buhari pledged to prosecute those found culpable in accordance with the law.

According to the President, it was regrettable that the special development fund of the entire region was squandered by a few for more than 20 years, leaving many in penury.

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“The serial abuse, lack of delivery and what had become an entrenched institutional decay was the reason why I called for the forensic audit,” the President was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

“Therefore, going forward we shall ensure every recoverable kobo, is recovered for use in service of the people of this region and those found culpable shall face the Law.

“Consequently, I want to use the opportunity of this commissioning to direct all statutory contributors to the NDDC to remit all outstanding funds to the Commission, and to ensure this is done transparently and according to laid down procedure and process.

“The Niger Delta Development Commission needs to demonstrate that it can achieve the objectives it was conceived for and make its impact felt all over the Niger Delta Region. The lives of the people of the Niger Delta could be so much better, if the funding received by this commission since its inception, in billions of naira over the last 20 years, has been judiciously deployed in service of the people.”

President Buhari directed that all abandoned projects that directly impact the livelihood of the people should be revived and completed.

This is even as he noted that the contract for the building of 1,050 capacity hostel for male and female students was awarded in 2004, and like many others, it was abandoned.

He added, “When I directed the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs to institute a forensic audit of the Commission, after many representations by major stakeholders in the Niger Delta, I had also directed that all viable projects which had been abandoned, but which would impact positively on the lives and livelihoods of the people, be immediately revived and completed.”

“This prototype university hostel consists of 1,050-bed spaces, 525 each for males and females, and is furnished to meet the needs of a university student. The complex also boasts of significant hard and soft infrastructure to ensure its sustainability and durability.

“The completion of this structure is equally in recognition of the importance government attaches to providing quality housing and improved education for all Nigerians.”

Appeal Court Affirms Final Forfeiture Of Ex-NDDC Director Tuoyo Omatsuli’s N1.8bn Properties

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

A three-man panel of the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, dismissed the application filed by one Francis Momoh and affirmed the final forfeiture of properties worth N1.8bn recovered from a former Executive Director, Projects, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Tuoyo Omatsuli, to the Federal Government.

Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, had, on Monday, December 10, 2018, ordered the final forfeiture of the properties which include Block 117, Plot 4, Lekki Peninsula Scheme, TPAO 992, Ikate Ancient City, Eti-Osa L.G.A, Lagos, measuring 1804.089Sqm and Plots 1-18, Block 43, TPAO 992, Ikate Ancient City, Lekki Peninsula, Eti-Osa, Lagos, measuring 10,000Sqm.

Others are Plot 1b, Northern Business District, Lekki Peninsula Scheme 1, measuring 1000Sqm and Plot 1; Block 25, Lekki Peninsula Residential Scheme 1, Eti-Osa L.G.A, measuring 2989.10Sqm, to the Federal Government.

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Dissatisfied with the Order, Momoh had approached the appellate court seeking to set aside the order of the court.

But in a judgment read by Justice Daniel Kalio, the appellate court held that Momoh did not place any material before the court “to enable it to disturb the findings of the lower court”.

The appellate court also held that Momoh’s appeal lacked merit and was accordingly dismissed.

“The judgment of the lower court is affirmed,” it further held.

Counsel to the EFCC, Ekene Iheanacho, while moving ex parte application for the interim forfeiture of the properties had referred to paragraph four of the affidavit, detailing how a contractor with the NDDC, Starline Consultancy Services Limited, was paid the sum of N10, 218, 019, 060.59) (Ten Billion, Two Hundred and Eighteen Million, Nineteen Thousand and Sixty Naira) as consultancy fee for levies collected from oil-producing companies in the Niger Delta region.

It was further stated that out of the money paid to Starline, a sum of N3, 645, 000. 00 (Three Billion, Six Hundred, and Forty-Five Thousand Naira) was paid as a kickback to Omatsuli through a company named Building Associates Limited.

“Some of the funds were used by Building Associates to buy properties in the name of a company, Don Parker Properties Limited, where Omatsuli had majority shareholding,” Iheanacho had further told the court.

Iheanacho had also told the court that Momoh, whom he described as the majority shareholder in Building Associates Limited, was introduced as a shareholder in Don Parker Properties Limited so as to disguise the nature of the crime.

After hearing the submissions, Justice Obiozor, had granted all the reliefs sought by the applicant and ordered the interim forfeiture of the properties to the Federal Government.

The Judge had further directed the Commission to publish the Order in any national newspaper within 14 days, notifying the respondents or anyone interested in the properties to appear before the court and show cause why the properties should not be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The applicant, in compliance with the court’s order, had published the interim forfeiture order in The Nation Newspaper of May 26, 2018. However, the respondents had, on October 1, 2018, opposed the application, claiming ownership of the properties.

Delivering his judgment, Justice Obiozor, had held that the properties were acquired through proceeds from kickbacks received by Building Associate Limited operated by Momoh on behalf of Tuoyo; and ruled that the properties be finally forfeited to the Federal Government.

NDDC To Transform Agriculture In Niger Delta – Interim Administrator

A file photo of the Niger Delta Development Commission headquarters building in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
A file photo of the Niger Delta Development Commission headquarters building in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

 

The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, says it is committed to transforming agriculture from its current rudimentary level to modern commercial business that would guarantee food security not just for residents of the Niger Delta region but for other Nigerians.

This was the view of the NDDC Interim Administrator, Dr Efiong Akwa, during a ceremony for the presentation of Honorary Awards organized by the Catfish and Allied Fish Farmers Association of Nigeria, CAFFAN, at the Rivers State School to Land, in Port Harcourt.

According to the NDDC Director Corporate Affairs, Dr Ibitoye Abosede, the NDDC under the current Interim Administration and Management was focused and determined to promote modern agricultural practices in the country.

The NDDC boss was given an award by CAFFAN in recognition of his contribution to youth development, food security and economic development of the Niger Delta region.

Akwa, who was represented by the NDDC Director of Agriculture and Fisheries, Mr Felix Amorue, noted: “Agriculture remains a key sector with enormous potential to create employment for our teeming unemployed youths.”

He remarked: “The NDDC has consciously embarked on implementation of our master plan on agriculture. The Commission through the Directorate of Agriculture and Fisheries has over the years carried out several programmes aimed at increasing the Agricultural/Fisheries productivity in the region.”

The NDDC Chief Executive Officer said that under the training and capacity building programme of the Commission, over 15,000 youths, women and practicing farmers had been trained on various agricultural businesses. He added that the Commission has concluded plans to train and empower additional 2,000 youths and women across the region.

Akwa said the NDDC in collaboration with the Bank of Agriculture provided credit/grants to 120 co-operative groups of youths and women to carry out various agricultural enterprises in the Niger Delta region.

In addition, he said: “The Commission had in the past empowered over 2,500 fisher folks with fishing gears, boats, outboard engines, hooks, nets, fish boxes, floater sinkers and other fishing accessories to increase the exploitation of offshore fishing in the riverine communities in the region.”

The Interim Administrator observed that the Commission had established two rice mills to boost the Federal Government initiative of home-grown and self-sustainable rice production.

“The rice mills are: the 120 tons per-day Rice Mill at Elele-Alimini in Rivers State. This mill is currently being managed by Elephant Group for the Commission and the 10 tons per-day Rice Mill at Mbiabe Ikpe in Akwa Ibom State.”

Akwa said that NDDC in collaboration with the Federal Government and International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD, was carrying out a Livelihood Improvement Enterprise programme in the Niger Delta Region to remove over 45,000 youths and women from poverty through various creative agricultural enterprises.

He said further: “The NDDC has proposed to collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to upgrade and re-activate some fishing terminals in Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Ondo and Delta States, to increase fish landing and quality of fish processing in the region.”

Earlier in his address, the Chairman of the Rivers State Chapter of Catfish and Allied Fish Farmers Association of Nigeria, Hon. Clapton Ogolo said that the association chose to focus on the theme: “Aquaculture, a true business opportunity, empowerment and economic development.”

He said that as an association, they would continue to contribute their quota in maintaining and sustaining food security in Rivers State and Nigeria as a whole, noting: “A fragile society is a society that cannot provide food for her citizenry. Its citizens will be prone to all sorts of negativities.

“Agriculture is pivotal to the development and sustenance of every society. This underscored the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2 which focuses explicitly on food by seeking to end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.”

In his own remarks, the chairman of the award ceremony and member representing Andoni/Opobo/Nkoro in the House of Representatives, Dr. Abiate Awaji-Inombek, stressed the need for farmers to be passionate about what they do.

“When you are passionate, you will think differently and stand out. Agriculture has so much prospects and opportunities available to be tapped,” he said.

Abiate said the on-going campaign for the establishment of a Federal College of Fisheries in the South-South region would be sustained until the objective was realized.

Bill To Amend NDDC Act Scales Second Reading Amid Intense Debate By Senators

A file photo of the Niger Delta Development Commission headquarters building in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
A file photo of the Niger Delta Development Commission headquarters building in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

 

There was a robust debate in the Senate on Wednesday just before a bill to amend the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Act 2000 passed the second reading on the floor of the hallowed chamber.

The bill which seeks to include in the NDDC, states which have recently attained oil producing status, was sponsored by Senator Solomon Olamilekan.

In his contribution to the debate on the bill, Senator Olamilekan was of the opinion that following the discovery of oil in Bauchi, Lagos, and Ogun, the states have officially joined the league of oil-producing states.

According to him, by virtue of this discovery, the three states aforementioned are entitled to the 13 per cent derivation due to them according to the provision of Section 162 Sub-Section 2 of the Nigerian Constitution.

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While many agreed with the lawmaker, there were some who did not support the amendment of the NDDC Act.

One of them was Senator George Sekibo who questioned the quantity of oil discovered in the states to be included in the NDDC, wondering if the quantity was enough to be refined and sold to benefit the country.

Similarly, Senator Matthew Urhogide argued that the name of the commission was specific in identifying the states which should be under the commission.

While he admitted that non-Niger Delta states could benefit from the 13 per cent derivation, the lawmaker described the move to include them in the commission as a mockery of the original idea for setting up NDDC.

The Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo Agege, who was also strongly against the bill, accused Senator Olamilekan of being a meddlesome interloper.

According to Omo-Agege, Senator Olamilekan should pursue the development of the South West Development Commission and not an amendment of the NDDC Act.

Funding Of Police Force Remains A Huge Challenge – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo performs the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the commissioning of the Police Barracks, Special Protection Unit (SPU).

 

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has admitted that the Nigeria Police Force is not properly funded, attributing it as the major challenge facing the security agency.

Speaking during the commissioning of the Police Barracks, Special Protection Unit (SPU) base 6 at Omagwa in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Osinbajo said the Federal Government worked with the National Assembly to enact the Police Trust Fund Act.

Osinbajo, however, maintained that despite the challenges, the Federal Government is committed to improving the livelihood of police personnel.

He explained that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has been developing the Niger Delta region through the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

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“Funding of the Police Force remains a huge challenge, which is why we worked with the National Assembly to enact the Police Trust Fund Act,” Osinbajo said.

“We are looking at other measures to improve funding for the police. This event meets two objectives – It is an important part of our government’s efforts to improve the lives of our police officers and it is also another important milestone in our administration’s pursuit in the peace and development of the Niger Delta.”

The vice president commended the NDDC for constructing the sixth base of the police Special Protection Unit (SPU) in the state, adding that the new building consists of 66 apartments for the security men.

On his part, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike said the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is a cash cow for politicians in the country.

While noting that the problem of the NDDC is not just the Niger Delta region but the entire nation, Wike asked the commission to work for the people.

The governor also advised the commission to work closely with the state to avoid duplication of projects.

NDDC Has Been A Cash Cow For Politicians – Wike

Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike (File Photo)

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike on Tuesday said the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is a cash cow for politicians in the country.

He stated this during the commissioning of the Police Barracks, Special Protection Unit (SPU) base 6 at Omagwa in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.

“NDDC has been a cash cow for politicians,” he said. “You will see competition who will be the Managing Director, Executive Director (Finance), Executive Director (Projects).

“These are people who will make sure money is available for politics. You have portfolio contractors from Abuja. Every now and then, the MD will be running to Abuja.”

According to Governor Wike, the problem of the NDDC is not just the Niger Delta region but entire Nigeria.

Making reference to the promise by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, that the NDDC would change to meet the aspirations of the people of the region, Wike said it is time for the commission to work.

The governor also took a swipe at some lawmakers in the National Assembly who lobby for which projects to be included in the NDDC budget.

Wike explained that the problem he has with the NDDC is a lack of synergy with the state governments in the region.

Speaking further, he noted that he filed a lawsuit against the commission, accusing NDDC of picking up a project in a state thereby distorting the government’s plan.

He added, “I took NDDC to court and we defeated them. You enter somebody’s state, you don’t even know the development plan of the state and start distorting the development plan of the state.

“The road you want to do is not your road. You won’t liaise with the state to say ‘look what project do you want in this state.

“If you ask all the nine states in the Niger Delta and say State A, what kind of project do you want NDDC to execute, we are not interested in who will be the contractor. Our interest is that we are synergising with you so that you don’t repeat those things we are doing.”