A coalition of Civil Society Organizations in Nigeria have asked for the modernized the Niger Delta Development Commission and the dissolution of the leadership architecture of the agency.

This was part of the formal agreement at the end of the meeting of the group during the last weekend.

The coalition disclose the request is in directive to reform the agency for efficiency and effective results, which it was established to achieve.

The CSOs said in a statement signed by Ken Henshaw of the Centre for Social Studies and Development and twenty-one others noted that the National Assembly has disappointed in its duties without conducting proper assessment of the work of the agency, to curb the large crime which have already occurred.

The organisation ask for the appointment of a fresh Board and a new crop of principal managers who should be empowered to operate an open-door policy, for the purpose of promoting transparency and public accountability in all affairs of the Commission.

The statement read, “That an independent audit team be instituted. This is crucial to have an accurate, unbiased audit report on the financial activities of the Commission. The audit exercise needs to be independent and conclusive, and should also importantly, be a regular exercise in the Commission, going forward, and of which reports should be made publicly available.

“That the Federal Government set up a multi-stakeholder partnership which would include a team of Civil Society Organisations and individuals with a proven track record for integrity, to constantly monitor the activities of the NDDC, including close monitoring of the independent audit exercise, and issue regular reports.

“That the challenge of under-development in the Niger Delta region, be regarded as a national problem; consequently, that a National Day of Action, to stimulate more discourse on the challenges bedevilling the Niger Delta region and proffer lasting solutions to the problems, be declared.

“That the NDDC Act be restructured via an amendment, to better define the mandate of the NDDC and importantly, imbibe and stipulate penalties for non-compliance with the provisions of the Act.

“That the anti-graft agencies be expressly mandated to monitor the financial and procurement activities of the NDDC and promptly act when infractions and illegalities are suspected and committed.

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