Civil Society groups demand transparent budgeting in NDDC
A coalition of civil society groups, led by Stay Alert Human Rights Awareness Initiative (SAHRI) and Civil Society Parliamentary Support Network (CSPSN) has called for a drastic review of the budgeting system in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The coalition regretted the current disclosures of humongous expenditures and allegations of graft against officials of the intervention agency, stating that the situation calls for transparent budgeting system that helps citizens of member states to make inputs and own the process.
In a statement by its Executive Director, Hon. Hilary Onah, SAHRI noted that after its emergency virtual meeting, the coalition resolved to engage with critical stakeholders in NDDC towards evolving a bottom up approach to project conception and execution.
“We have been negligent of our roles as civil societies. We do not have to leave the commission to its wiles. The current investigation by the House of Representatives does not touch on the real issues, but it should not be seen as a witchhunt or distraction.”
The rights groups demanded that all investigations should go on, with the outcome subjected to critical appraisal by all stakeholders.
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