A former Commissioner within the Niger Delta Construction Fee within the second and third board representing Move River State, Ntufam Ekpo Okon, has decried the awards of recent contracts and bills on the detriment of ongoing initiatives through the board and the Intervening time Control Committee (IMT).
Talking with DAILY POST in Calabar, Move River State capital, Ntufam Okon regretted the movements of a few participants of the Fee and staff explaining that their movements have left many initiatives which can be ongoing deserted and uncompleted. “There are those tales of expenses now not paid and those may best occur when we have now reckless awards of contracts as a result of there was once indiscipline within the award of contracts with out minding budgeting provisions.
“It’s unlucky that NDDC has discovered itself on this mess. I feel what has led to this present NDDC downside is indiscipline in budgeting and challenge implementation. That budgeting hasn’t been real looking, the challenge implementation additionally unrealistic, we can’t be awarding new initiatives when the continued initiatives don’t seem to be funded. New initiatives are being awarded on the expense of the continued initiatives, it’s regrettably that the brand new control workforce awarded new initiatives, paid for them and deserted the outdated ones and the contractors are left annoyed.
“We don’t know what has develop into of the present NDDC. They have got made themselves prone and feature develop into too simply influenced from outside and inside, affect from too many teams. As a result of folks lobbied to be appointed and once they are available, they’re going to be pressurized to award contract to their sponsors or godfathers,” he said.
Unfortunately, at the appointment of Intervening time Control Committee (IMC) Ntufam Okon identified that it was once odd, “It is rather unhappy that the present IMC is greater than a yr now in workplace and there is not any finish to it. They saved staying within the workplace at the excuse of Forensic auditing. Is forensic audit executed through them, or it’s meant to be executed through an impartial frame?
“It shouldn’t be executed through them as a result of they too should be audited as a result of they’re interested by awards and cost. It shouldn’t be them auditing themselves. I feel forensic audit was once intended to spot initiatives which can be verifiable, that should had been achieved and what sort of has been paid and what was once exceptional.
“We didn’t have IMC in our instances, what we had was once that once the tenure of the outdated board was once about to finish, an overly senior director could be appointed Appearing Managing Director pending the appointment and screening in addition to inauguration of the brand new board. He’s going to paintings with different administrators, there is not any position within the NDDC regulation that made provision for IMC and why we use the personnel was once that the Fee is sort of a barracks, ‘squaddies cross, squaddies come however barracks stay’ and it makes for continuity.
“The issue in NDDC is so dangerous that it got here to some degree that NDDC can not know the way a lot they owed and but contract was once nonetheless being awarded. It’s indiscipline on the subject of budgeting and challenge implementation. Once I joined NDDC right through the second board in 2005, the first board began in 2000 and lasted until the tip of 2004, so we began in April 2005. Probably the most issues we discovered was once the truth that each state has the cheap envelope from it. You understand how a lot your state is given as a result of initiatives investment have been shared in a way that it’s already licensed through the board.
“It was once obligatory that you simply follow 70% of what you will have on floor, ongoing initiatives and the 30% of the fund was once allotted for brand spanking new initiatives; that once more intended that challenge began should be finished through the following board. However the issue we have now lately is that the brand new management that is available in began with new initiatives awarded through them and this is the reason we have now too many initiatives scattered and remained uncompleted.
“After we arrived, the primary board did award contracts prior to their dissolution, the majority of those works have been taken over through us. We didn’t rush into award of recent contracts; we have been there for just about two years prior to we have been in a position to make any award.
“If the fad isn’t addressed wherein initiatives which can be ongoing are given precedence and finished and brought out, we will be able to proceed to have the indiscipline in challenge investment. Once someone arrives, they’re desirous about find out how to award new initiatives. ”