THE governance of the Niger Delta Advancement Commission, NDDC, should be completely reset to allow it provide its core required of establishing the oil-rich Niger Delta.
The present design, that makes it more of a honeypot and patronage centre, renders it a nursery of corruption, confusion and infighting, therefore thwarting any significant effort towards turning the developmental deficits of the area around.
Under the present design, members of the Board of Directors are drawn from the oil-producing Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Bayelsa, Abia, Imo, Ondo, Cross River and Edo states.
Chairman of the Board, Handling Director and Heads of the juiciest directorates are generally agents of the 4 oil majors (Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Delta and Bayelsa). The North is likewise offered a bite of the cake. Agents of the 3 geopolitical zones are oddly part of the setup.
With this design, everybody is mainly concentrated on taking as much as they can from the system, offered they bring along the lots of stakeholders such as the oil-producing neighborhoods, youths, seniors, civil society groups, militants and others who think they are incomparably entitled to freeload from the system.
While this design packs the individual pockets of these stakeholders with access to the management of the commission, the grassroots and the extremely concept of advancement lose.
In spite of trillions of naira that have actually been allocated the commission because 2001 when previous President Olusegun Obasanjo inaugurated it as a method of splashing disturbances in our oil market, countless jobs have actually been deserted.
Numerous specialists merely gather their costs and leave. Some agreements are granted lot of times over. Trainees on NDDC scholarships abroad are deserted.
As long as this design stays the judgment paradigm of the NDDC, absolutely nothing will alter.
The forensic audit bought by President Muhammadu Buhari might accomplish extremely bit since practically everyone within the judgment circles has actually stained their fingers. Even the Presidency appears puzzled. In the previous 18 months, it designated the Board and 2 heads of the Interim Management Committees and aggravated the turmoil.
It is time to reset the NDDC into a company design. The core oil-producing states can continue to choose members of the Board of Directors who will work similar to any business board.
The Handling Director ought to be designated by the President topic to approval by the Senate. The management group ought to run the developmental affairs of the Commission in a corporately transparent and liable way.
However, will the so-called seniors, youths, militants and political sharks enable a system that performs without putting the cash in their pockets work? We need to pick in between advancement and sharing the cash.