Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Tuesday night, disclosed that over 12,000 projects awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), have been abandoned across the nine states that make up the region.
Akpabio, who made therevelation while inaugurating the Security Committee for the field forensicauditor of NDDC in Abuja, said Rivers and Delta states have the highest recordsof abandoned projects in the region.
The former governor ofAkwa Ibom State also revealed that NDDC was operating 311 accounts in differentbanks, before the advent of Treasury Single Account, TSA.
He added that some fundswere even forgotten in some banks because of the large numbers of accounts beenmaintained by the commission during the period.
The minister charged thesecurity committee to be vigilant and ensure adequate security is provided forthe 16-member auditors in the course of discharging their duties.
The committee membership is drawn from the military; Department State Services (DSS); Independent Corrupt Practice and other related offences (ICPC); Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC); Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, and the Police.
Akpabio noted that thescope of the investigation is massive and first of its kind, adding, “I can saythis is the first time in the history of this country that this kind ofexercise is taking place. It is a very major exercise.
“And I am happy that the armed forces have taken it very seriously by sending very senior officers to be on this security committee. “There was an attempt in 1958 to set up a developmental agency for the Niger Delta region, that did not go down well at the end.
“And various attempts have been made up to 1990-91 when OMPADEC was also inaugurated and came in to be. But the result did not solve the problem of the Niger Delta.
“The agitation that theneglect and the seeming poverty of the region continued because of theenvironmental hazard and exploitation and all that, are still there.”