Corruption made NDDC to become notorious- board member
By Asare Asare The new commissioner who represents Cross River State on the board of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Sylvester Nsa has said that the agency was the bastion of corruption which has made it notorious. He spoke when he undertook facility tour of the commission at the end of an interaction with management staff in their Calabar office. According to him, former Senate leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba and Mr Nsima Ekere who have just been sworn in as chairman and managing director of the commission respectively will work to change its poor image, and make it pride of the region. The former APC deputy governorship candidate in the state. said efforts would be intensified to reorganise the procurement processes in the commission such that his tenure would be transparent and transformational. He stated that the previous processes made corruption to thrive in the commission. Nsa expressed sadness over the array of the agency projects in the state which were abandoned, stressing that his major task would be to continue with the ongoing projects, and to ensure that he works hard to change the wrong perception people generally have about the commission as very corrupt. "My tenure will essentially be to work towards changing the wrong perception people have about the agency as a corrupt parastatal. I want to work to make a difference and achieve appreciable results. Towards this, not only the procurement processes would be reorganised but style of work will also change. This is because I have chosen path of integrity", he said. He disclosed that with new arrangement, the agency would now be monitored by the presidency in order to see if compliance to ethics and mandate, adding that they will work in synergy with other parastatals for greater development. He charged the workers and people of the Niger Delta region to show commitment and support so that the agency can best serve the interest of the region. Nsa assured that he will work to ensure that staff are given their due entitlements, adding that they will see a brother and friend in him if they kept to work rules with commitment. Staff complained about neglect when it comes to promotion because the state is seen as not really part of the Niger Delta by reason of not being oil producing.