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NDDC: Open letter to President Buhari 

Dr Adetolu Ademujimi

 

SIR: I learn with utter disgust, the remark of the Government Director of Tasks, Niger Delta Improvement Fee (NDDC), Dr. Cairo Ojougboh on Monday, July 20 whereby he mentioned: “There are 185 native governments within the Niger Delta area and we’ve the listing of contracts in all of the native governments.

Usually, when the forensic auditors arrive, individuals chase them out of the place. So, indigenes are appointed as pointers who will keep within the native authorities. All these jobs which are deserted, they may go and present them the place the positioning is.”

And for this a whooping N340 million, doubtless derived from the centralized sale of the depleting crude oil reserves within the Niger Delta area, was budgeted for by a federal authorities company to by-pass each the respective state and native governments of the 185 entities in addressing their infrastructural gaps?

My foul-cry is just not borne out of doubt for the even handed or precise use of the mentioned “pointing allowances” – the fact-finding of which the Home of Representatives is presently and commendably dealing with.

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Moderately, I really feel mentally debased that within the yr 2020, your management provides impetus to our nationwide drivers to cover behind their fingers in chanting that this quasi-federalism we’ve thoughtlessly utilized to resolve our myriads of issues in Nigeria is the perfect.

Or, am I the one Nigerian to brazenly complain of the endless and involuntary rumble of his bowel, owing to Dr. Ojougboh’s let-out {that a} federal authorities company has the intestine to finances a whole lot of tens of millions of naira for would-be “pointers”?

Earlier than your assumption of democratic energy in 2015, clever, dispassionate and patriotic conversations relentlessly made a case for Nigeria to jettison this weak and inefficient unitary system that places billions of naira within the fingers of far-from-reach federal companies whose operational frameworks can by no means allow a sensible needs-assessment or implementation on the native ranges.

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That explains why I’m deeply embarrassed and frightened that the N340 million in query is greater than the budgetary provision for qualitative and practical main well being care providers by about 586 main healthcare services in a state with about 4.6 million inhabitants.

It’s absurd that save for Lagos, along with her comparative benefit as a significant port-harbouring and consequent non-public sector-hosting metropolis, different 35 states are spineless pocket money-collecting brokers, a few of whom brandish annual budgets that don’t surpass the mixed budgetary measurement of two federal MDAs.

The capability to generate funds by the state and LGAs has been clandestinely and constitutionally mortgaged to an over-sized federal actor, who for many years, derives extra pleasure in being seen to be doing one thing for 200 million individuals than enable the 2 closest items of presidency to actually resolve our issues, even beneath your watch.

Mr. President, even when we exterminate corruption in any respect ranges of presidency, a mono-product Nigeria struggling to fund a paltry federal finances of about US$28.26 billion {dollars} for well being, schooling, infrastructure, water assets, police, armed forces, NDDC and all elements of her nationwide future in yr 2020 of an alarmingly rising inhabitants of 200 million individuals, continues to be a really poor nation.

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On this nationwide distress, it’s unlucky that the political hegemony is just not achieved with its mastery of the artwork of protecting and deceiving the lot of its followership gang, who’re blindly spiritual and truth-hating.

That NDDC and their likes should be urgently prevented from perpetuating such bestial funds-allocating habits for “pointers’ programmes” by our resolve for a change within the current administrative construction is discernible.

Pakistan’s 220 million inhabitants with a 2020 finances profile of US$45.5 billion factors to the truth that we had higher avert extra useless “pointing”, than look forward to persistent poverty and starvation, prodded by a cowardly administrative construction, to amputate all our fingers.

 

  • Dr Adetolu Ademujimi, Akure, Ondo State.

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