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bobdiva posted a topic in NewsThe Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, is set to cancel 482 contracts valued at about N90 billion over non-performance. The commission is also set to pay all outstanding arrears of foreign scholarships to students. The Chairman of the governing board of the Commission, Victor Ndoma-Egba, disclosed this in a statement issued by his communication aide, Clara Braide, and made available to journalists in Calabar. Mr. Ndoma-Egba who said the decision was reached at the recent meeting of the board in Abuja explained that the aim is to clean up the commission’s books and to remove non-performing items. He also said that the board has resolved to clear the backlog and all issues surrounding the commission’s foreign scholarship programme. According to the statement “Board reviewed the activities of the commission in the year, took statutory reports on procurements, budget performance, revenue and expenditure. “Part of the decision we arrived at was to cancel 482 projects between 0-5 per cent startup valued at about N 90 billion. This is in a bid to clean up the commission’s books and to remove non-performing items. “Also, by Tuesday next week, all outstanding issues regarding the foreign scholarship scheme would have been sorted out.” On the commission’s plans for next year, the Chairman said that “our Signature project Obia-Nembe road which is our flagship for partnership with oil producing companies, will be ready this December and we are looking forward to commissioning it early next year.” While maintaining that the board also took decision on some MOU’s signed with state governments on projects that will be jointly executed, he emphasised that “2018 will be dedicated largely to reforming NDDC systems, Audit of Personnel, restructuring the Commission’s governance protocols and projects, with more focus on ongoing projects.”
The Delta State House of Assembly has passed the 2018 Appropriation Bill of N308.9 billion, with an increase of N10 billion against the initial proposal of N298 billion as presented to the House by the state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, in October. The passage was sequel to the presentation of the report by the Vice Chairman of House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Emeka Nwaobi, which was unanimously adopted when put to voice votes by the Speaker, Sheriff Oborevwori. Nwaobi said the committee received and collated inputs, observations and recommendations from the various sub-committees of the House, disclosing that the inputs were considered one after the other, which were used in arriving at certain decisions, stressing, “proposed estimates were reduced in certain areas to effect increase in other critical areas of specific needs”. “The committee carried out a comprehensive and analytic consideration of the bill and observed that it was presented in tandem with contemporary global economic framework,” adding that the appropriation bill was tied to well refined and specific projects. Majority Leader, Tim Owhefere, moved that the House accept the report for further consideration and was seconded by Emeka Elekeokwuri. Owhefere thereafter, moved that the House resolve itself into a committee to consider the 2018 Appropriation Bill, which was seconded by Uviejitobor Okagbare. The Speaker, Sheriff Oborevwori, commended members for their efforts and support, adding that they would continue to be on one page to better grow the state. He described the early passage of the Appropriation Bill as unprecedented and expressed optimism that the bill will be signed into law as quickly as possible by the governor to allow for early implementation.
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