House probes utilisation of Niger Delta funds

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

Nigeria’s House of Representatives has urged the government to ensure proper funding of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.

This followed the unanimous adoption of a motion on the need to investigate statutory funding of the NDDC.

Leading debate on the motion, Mr. Kingsley Chinda from Delta State expressed serious concern over the funding and the management of funds that accrues to the agency.

“Government’s inability to comply strictly with the funding arrangement has undermined the efficient performance of the NDDC,’’ he said.

Ad Hoc committee
The House then resolved to set up an ad Hoc committee to probe the utilisation of funds appropriated for the Commission in the last seven years.

The committee is to ascertain all outstanding sums due to the NDDC and the utilisation of the funds the agency has so far received from 2010 to date.

Mercy Chukwudiebere