LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE committee set up to audit all the projects of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs was not to witch-hunt but to ensure transparency and accountability, Minister Pastor Usani Uguru Usani said while receiving the report.
Usani said the exercise was to ensure the various projects of the Ministry serve the purposes for which they were established.
“The origin of this audit committee was based on the discovery that things were not done properly, so the committee members were carefully selected to audit the projects,” he reiterated.
He stated that the report would be subjected to proper scrutiny and appropriate actions would be taken against contractors found wanting by the audit report.
Late Tuesday, it emerged about N 700 billion worth of projects were being handled by Ministry since inception, out of which payment of about N400 billion was made, as about N200 billion was still required to complete all the projects.
The committee also observed that due process was not followed in awarding most of the contracts.
It recommended the ministry ensure future projects pass through proper procurement process; that a cost effective unit be established in the ministry and also that the federal government should guide against duplication of projects by government agencies in the Niger Delta region.
Usani inaugurated the 12 member technical audit committee in April.
– CAJ News