The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has invited two anti-graft agencies, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFFC) and the Independent Corrupt Practice and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), to investigate its activities and prosecute officials in the commission found to be involved in corruption.
The Managing Director of NDDC, Christian Oboh, made the statement in Port Harcourt on Thursday during a sensitisation campaign themed “Strengthening the Culture of Institutional Integrity, Transparency and Accountability”.
Mr. Oboh said the commission was willing to partner with anti-corruption agencies to ensure transparency and accountability in order to fast track the development of the Niger Delta region.
He said that “the public perception of NDDC will change if officials are investigated. We are even the ones inviting the anti-graft agencies to re-evaluate our activities”.
The managing director added that the agency had introduced measures that would check corruption in its operations.
He said that the commission has now opened up its dealings for transparency and accountability.
“The commission’s processes are now open to the public. Recruitment examination is online and e-payment has been introduced in the issuance of contracts.
“Our books are open. The law allows people to ask questions on what we are doing; we should not develop the Niger Delta on the pages of newspapers.” Mr. Oboh said
Mr. Oboh promised that his administration would not relent in its desire to eradicate corruption from the commission.
The Acting Chairman of the ICPC, Ekpo Nta had earlier said that the transparency and accountability of an organization depends on the credibility of individuals running it.
Mr. Nta urged NDCC to strengthen and empower its anti-corruption unit for more effective results.
At the event, the Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde, represented by David Turaka, said the NDDC is an important organisation that must get things right in its bid to develop the Niger Delta.