By Adekunle Adeniyi/TnTv Network
The Civil Society Coalition on Audit in Nigeria (CSCAN) says it has physically verified 115 projects of 176 NDDC contracts highlighted in its February 2021 analysis of Compliance Audit Reports on Niger Deita Development Commission (NDDC) published by the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation.
The Coalition which presented the 293-page report today in Abuja, had in February 2021 claimed that NDDC was unable to account for N90.9 billion on 176 contracts awarded between 2008 and 2018. CSCAN includes Paradigm Leadership Support Initiative (PLSI), BudgIT Foundation. SocioEconomic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), Dataphyte, Step Up Nigeria, Accountabilit Lab Nigeria, Centre for Health, Equity and Justice (CEHEJ), Basic Rights Watch, Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), and other CSOs and media executives in Nigeria.
The Coalition, after the verification process, revealed most of the projects were either completely abandoned or poorly implemented. On behalf of CSCAN, Olusegun Elemo —Executive Director at Paradigm Leadership Support Initiative (PLSI) says “within the last six months (March – August 2021), our Coalition monitored 115 priority projects out of 176 contracts highlighted in our review and analysis of Compliance Audit Reports of the Auditor-General for the Federation on NDDC.
However, our Independent Findings on these 115 projects revealed that 46 of the projects had been executed, 12 of them executed with irregularities, 2 were partially executed, 4 projects were executed by other agencies, 3 projects not executed at all, 19 of the projects were poorly implemented, 11 are still abandoned while 18 of the projects had no trackable location. Also, the Principal Lead of BudgIT Foundation – Gabriel Okeowo spoke for the Coalition saying “With the forensic audit ordered by President Buhari now concluded and summary report indicating over 13,700 poorly executed and unverified projects by NDDC despite N6 trillion allocation it received from 2001 to 2019, it will be in the interest of the people of Niger Delta.
Zainab Haruna — Programme Director for Step Up Nigeria urged the National Assembly through its Committees on Public Accounts and anti-corruption agencies to look at the findings contained in the two Compliance Audit Reports published by the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation as well as the Independent Findings report being presented today by our Coalition to ensure that those responsible for abusing extant laws that set up NDDC to mismanage public funds allocated to the Commission are made to account for all the monies. Odeh Friday – Country Director Accountability Lab reiterated that Nigeria is in a complicated financial corner, there is need for the federal government of Nigeria to re-consider a new audit bill which is very key to good public governance and strengthening accountability mechanisms in government MDAs.
Such that, this can drastically reduce the mismanagement of Nigeria’s lean resources and improve the trust level between citizens and the government in open governance and transparency.
For more details of the report; you can click on the link below
Link to report – htt: s://valueformone .n: vfm-re: ort/inde: endent-findin ‘ s-on-com : lianceaudit-reports-on-nddc-2008-20138/