The Executive Director of Projects, Niger Delta Development Commission, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, has said the Commission gave N340m to indigenes to help inspectors to identify projects within their localities
Ojougboh, who was speaking on a television programme, on the sidelines of the House of Reps Committee probe on the NDDC, said there were 185 local government areas in the Niger Delta region, with NDDC contracts in all the local governments, explaining that the money was given because the forensic auditors were often not allowed by the locals to get to the project sites.
He said to facilitate the inspection of projects, indigenes were engaged as pointers in the local government areas to take the auditors to abandoned project sites.
When asked if it was necessary to give indigenes such a huge sum of money to help point out projects to external auditors, Ojuogboh responded in the affirmative, adding that if the ‘pointers’ were not present, the locals could prevent auditors from gaining access to the communities to inspect the projects.
On extra-budgetary spending, Ojuogboh admitted that the funds being spent were not approved by the National Assembly, but stated that the NDDC was allowed to spend 50 per cent of the proposed budget it had submitted to the National Assembly.