He said in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja, on Wednesday, that there was “an emerging era of profligacy creeping into the work ethos of the NDDC,” which he said must be stopped before it further inflamed passion in the Niger Delta.
According to the statement, if the management expended such an amount of money on office renovation, it would amount to misplacement of priority.
“The Niger Delta situation is desperate, deplorable and a pain in the psyche of Nigerians and to burden the challenges of the region with an institutional framework that seeks its own comfort with very cosy offices and exotic appliances rather than go to the field to implement the Niger Delta Master Plan, is to insult the collective sensibilities of the Delta people,” the statement read.
It recalled that even though over N70 billion was recently approved for the NDDC as its budget for 2009, it was doubtful whether there was any provision of such amount for the renovation of the offices, saying that even if it was provided for, it should not take priority over the provision of infrastructure.
According to him, “it is pertinent also to enquire if the money that is being spent on renovation and office equipment replacement was budgeted for in this year’s budget of the commission or whether such expenditure is being incurred by the commission in contemplation of planting it in its budget next year.”
Hon. Agoda stressed the need for supervisory agencies to devise mechanism to monitor the commission for periodic evaluation of its expenditure pattern and projects execution.