Magu challenges CSOs to act as watchdogs on NDDC projects
Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, challenged civil society organisations (CSOs) in the South-South to play the role watch dogs to the operations of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Magu who was speaking in Port-Harcourt during an interactive session with CSO leaders in Rivers and Bayelsa states on Monday told the CSOs to closely monitor and evaluate the contracts being awarded by the special intervention agency.
“Proper monitoring of contract award and implementation by citizens are effective ways of fighting the evil of project abandonment in the country.” He said.
“We must monitor how contracts are being given and how they are executed to ensure transparency and accountability. Civil society groups are needed to work with the EFCC in ensuring that right things are done, not only in respect of contract issues but also in all other issues. He further stressed.
“Let people do the right thing within the South-South. If people do the right thing it is for the benefit of the people of the Niger Delta”, Magu emphasized.
The EFCC boss also called on the CSO leaders to be ready to serve as a bridge between the commission and the larger public.
He decried the rising rate of poverty within the South-South, noting that money meant for the development of the region was not being accounted for.
He, therefore, challenged them to work towards ending corruption in the region by sensitising youths and other interest groups about the evils of the menace.
Magu stated that for CSOs to rise to the new responsibilities expected of them, they must be committed, properly-involved and courageous.
“We are coming together to adopt a common strategy, be committed and properly involved. You need patience, perseverance and courage.
“They will fight you because corruption always fights back but they cannot overcome you because you are doing the right thing”, he said.
The National Director, Coalition of NGOs Against Corruption, Mr Haris Chuma, commended the EFCC on behalf of the CSOs.
Chuma said the tempo of the fight against corruption had significantly increased since Magu came on board.
He promised that the group would show more commitment and responsibility in the new roles offered them by the EFCC. “We are willing and ready to work with the commission to bring corruption to an end’’, he said