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NDDC’s Acting MD dares NASS, insists on budget implementation

Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, President of the Senate & Chairman, National Assembly
NDDC Ag. MD Dr. Joi Nunieh

The Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr. Joi Nunieh has ordered the Directorate of Planning, Research and Statistics to treat budgetary implementation requests (Recurrent and Capital) from the various Directorates, Departments, Units and State Offices for the year 2020.

“The Directorate of Planning, Research and Statistics is hereby directed to treat budgetary implementation requests (Recurrent and Capital) from the various Directorates, Departments, Units and State Offices for the year 2020,” a memo from Nunieh, titled  “Implementation of NDDC Budget,” said.

The Senate in November 2019 barred the Interim Management of the Commission from defending the agency’s 2020 budget, on account of the refusal of the relevant authorities to swear in the Board of the Agency that was screened and cleared by the Senate.

The Intervention Agency’s acting chief executive officer in a memo dated 15th January, 2020, however, said the sum of N80,881,610,074 was appropriated to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in the country’s 2020 Budget.

“Please recall that the President and Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) has signed into law the Federation’s 2020 Budget (Appropriation Act). Also in the approved budget, the sum of N80,881,610,074 only has been appropriated to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

President Buhari in November 2019 sent the 2019 and 2020 Budget estimates of the agency to the National Assembly for the approval of the federal lawmakers but the National Assembly is yet to pass the 2019 budget of the commission.

In spite of this, Joi Nunieh in the memo, ordered the Directorate of Planning, Research and Statistics to commence implementation of the budget.

“It is pertinent to state that the Commission is an Intervention Agency whose activities are predominantly in the Niger Delta Region with a peculiar and harsh geographical terrain and is greatly influenced by the weather conditions,” the memo said.

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