Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
The Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr. Joi Nunieh has ordered the Directorate of Planning, Research and Statistics to start implementing the 2020 budget of the Commission immediately.
Nunieh gave the directive in an internal memo titled “Implementation of NDDC Budget,” and dated dated 15th January, 2020.
The Senate had in November 2019 barred the Interim Management of the Commission from defending the agency’s 2020 budget.
President Buhari had in November 2019 sent the 2019 and 2020 Budget estimates of the agency to the National Assembly for the approval of the federal lawmakers.
“The National Assembly is yet to pass the 2019 budget of the commission.
Part of the memo reads, “The Directorate of Planning, Research and Statistics is hereby directed to treat budgetary implementation requests (Recurrent and Capital) from the various Directorate, Departments, Units and State Offices for the year 2020”
“The sum of N80,881,610,074 was appropriated to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in the country’s 2020 Budget.
“Please recall that the President and Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) has signed into law the Federation’s 2020 Budget (Appropriation Act).
“Also in the approved budget, the sum of N80,881,610,074 only has been appropriated to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
“Implementation of NDDC Budget must starts immediately”
“It is pertinent to state that the Commission is an Intervention Agency whose activities are predominantly in the Niger Delta Region with a peculiar and harsh geographical terrain and is greatly influenced by the weather conditions” the Memo made available to Journalists in Asaba stated