Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has said the rationale behind setting up a committee to review projects being executed by the Niger Delta Development Commission in the State, was not to witch-hunt anybody, but to ascertain if the state is getting its fair share of the intervention fund.

gThe Governor, who stated this shortly after receiving an interim report from the committee in Yenagoa on Monday, expressed delight that, the committee’s findings would assist the present administration to determine the extent to which the commission has contributed to the development of the State.

While appreciating the Federal Government for establishing the NDDC, Governor Dickson noted that, the activities of the commission would go a long way in complementing the development efforts of the affected States, if well coordinated.

The Governor also commended the Chairman and members of the committee for doing what he described as a painstaking and diligent job and assured them of the Government’s determination to studying the report with a view to implementing it for the collective wellbeing of the Bayelsans.

His words: ” As I said, while inaugurating this committee, this State must be in a position to determine whether we are getting our fair share of the NDDC intervention funds. Secondly, we are also interested in seeing to it that, those who are selected by the NDDC as contractors to execute intervention jobs in Bayelsa, actually do so. That is why this committee was put together, and I appreciate the painstaking job you have done.

Making a veiled reference to some of the challenges the committeee reportedly encountered in the course of carrying out its assignment, especially in the area of accessing names of contractors from the Commission, the Governor maintained, ” I agree with you that, this state has the right to have access to that critical piece of information, so that we can find out exactly who was supposed to have done what and did not do and who has done well.”

Presenting the report, the Committee Chairman, Chief Lionel Jonathan-Omo noted that, about 553 projects were at various stages of execution in the State, and when completed would give a great boost to the development efforts of the present administration.

According to Chief Jonathan-Omo, the committee reached its interim recommendations after conducting baseline studies, with competent technical support staff in all the three senatorial districts of the State.

Highlighting some of the committee’s challenges, the Chairman, who expressed displeasure over what he described as uncooperative attitude of the NDDC leadership in providing vital information the committee duly applied for, advised the State Government to take legal steps to ensure that, the commission cooperates with the committee.


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