Commences efforts to engender transparency
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has invited the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to investigate its activities and to prosecute officials found to be involved in corruption.
The Managing Director of NDDC, Dr. Christian Oboh, said this on Thursday in Port Harcourt, during a sensitisation campaign on ‘Strengthening the Culture of Institutional Integrity, Transparency and Accountability’.
Oboh said the NDDC was willing to partner with anti-corruption agencies to ensure transparency and accountability in the development of the Niger Delta region, and to check corruption in the NDDC’s operations.
“The public perception of NDDC will change if officials are investigated. We are even the ones inviting the anti-graft agencies to re-evaluate our activities. The commission’s processes are now open to the public. Recruitment examination is online and e-payment has been introduced in the issuance of contracts,” he said.
“Our books are open. The law allows people to ask questions on what we are doing; we should not develop the Niger Delta on the pages of newspapers.”
Oboh said his administration would stop at nothing in its desire to eradicate corruption from the commission.
Ekpo Nta, the Acting Chairman of ICPC, said that the transparency and accountability of an organisation depended on the credibility of individuals running it.
Nta urged NDCC to strengthen and empower its anti-corruption unit for more effective results.
The Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde, represented by Dr. David Turaka, said NDDC was an important organisation that must get things right in its bid to develop the region.