Corruption made NDDC to become notorious- board member

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.
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