23 February 2013

Nigeria: Akpabio Defends NDDC Over Poor Execution of Projects

Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State has said the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) should not be castigated for any delay in projects execution in the region blaming it to undue bureaucratic policies of Bureau of Public Procurement.

The Governor made the assertion when members, Senate Committee on Niger Delta led by their Chairman, Senator James Manager, paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Uyo.

According to Akpabio, "'The Bureau of Public Procurement is the one delaying the work of NDDC because some of the work they could have done judiciously is tied down there and we suffer for it".

"Oil companies cannot execute projects on time because their proposals with the Bureau for approval don't come out until after few months. So, many proposals are piled up in the Office of Public Procurement and at the end they don't get done.

"Bureau of Public Procurement was meant to assist in ensuring due process, but it has also become a source of delay. When a government that comes in for a four-year tenure ends up waiting for three years for projects to come out of Bureau of Public Procurement, the tenure would be over and at the end you have nothing to show before the next election".

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