The president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari today Tuesday March 10, 2020, said that law enforcement agencies have recovered over N3.7billion as well as various assets worth billions of Naira from contractors and former directors of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
President Muhammadu Buhari stated this in Abuja during the inauguration of the NDDC Advisory Committee, which includes nine governors of the Niger Delta Region and the Ministers of Niger Delta Affairs and Environment.
‘‘To date, the EFCC and other agencies of Government have recovered over N3.7billion in cash as well as various assets worth billions of Naira from some contractors and former Directors of the Commission.
‘‘Furthermore, I am told that Government agencies have placed liens on over N6 billion of assets which are being investigated.’’ President Buhari said.
During the inauguration, President Buhari told the appointees to discharge their new assignment diligently and effectively, working closely with the relevant ministries, adding that he looked forward to seeing positive changes in the affairs of the Commission as well as on the ground in the Niger Delta region.
The President, however, expressed regret that in the past these institutions were unable to deliver their mandates due to mismanagement.
‘‘We do not want to criticise what has happened in the NDDC for quite some time, but the fact is that the cooperation between the states and the NDDC has not been strengthened over time and we have various cases of duplication of projects that are not properly planned.
‘‘But I believe that with the inauguration of this body we will be able to sit down, meet together, work in collaboration and supportively to bring greater developments to our people,’’ he added.