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NDDC Boss, Nsima Ekere Laments

The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Nsima Ekere has revealed his agony…

NDDC Boss, Nsima Ekere

“We have engaged the federal government on N1.8trn debt that is being owed by the FG to NDDC from inception to date. We wrote to the President. Fortunately, we got his sympathy. He directed the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Budget and Planning to sit down with the NDDC, do a reconciliation, agree on the exact amount that the shortfall has become cumulatively over the years and then agree on an acceptable payment plan so that the money can be paid to us.”

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“Unfortunately, I will say we are not getting the kind of support we expected from the Ministry of Finance because till date, we are on it but we haven’t agreed on anything yet. We are hoping and putting pressure on them to try. Most of the funding we have used have been from the oil companies. Most of them are paying.”

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“Of course, there are still some that are outstanding. But the Senate and the House of Representatives have been outstanding in helping us recover the money. People are complaining that NDDC is doing more in infrastructural development and not doing much in the area of poverty reduction within the region. How do you react to that? I share the concern you raised. We believe it is good to build infrastructure, but it is necessary to build human capital as well.”

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– Culled from VANGUARD