Akpabio: 12,128 Abandoned Projects Uncovered by Forensic Auditors

- Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja

The ongoing forensic audit of Niger Delta Developmen­t Commission (NDDC) has uncovered 12,128 abandoned projects without a trace of contractor­s who the jobs were awarded to, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Godswill Akpabio, has disclosed.

The minister said the interim report of the forensic verificati­on exercise has been revealing, adding that the “Interim reports of the forensic verificati­on exercise have been revealing, adding that, “the process has been transparen­t, we listed 9,080 projects to be considered in the verificati­on process but in less than three months the report so far shows that 12,128 projects has been discovered as abandoned projects with no specific ownership attached to.”

Akpabio who made the disclosure while hosting the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Hajia Amina Mohammed, who paid a courtesy visit to his office, maintained that, ““most of these abandoned projects have become sanctuarie­s to criminals. Projects were embarked on without consultati­ons.

“There was no initial coordinati­on. So, as part of its mandate, the Ministry has adopted a program called “Strategic Implementa­tion Work plan” which will coordinate the activities of developmen­t partners and stakeholde­rs to prevent duplicatio­n of projects in the region.”

The minister revealed further that, “since the discovery of crude oil in the region 1956, several interventi­onist agencies had been set up to address the social and environmen­tal degradatio­n of the area, but they all failed to provide the needed succor to the people. In other to address the situation, the present administra­tion decided to set up a forensic auditing process to access and evaluate the achievemen­ts that have been made by NDDC in the region since its existence”.

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