The ongoing forensic audit of the activities of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) gathered momentum on Thursday following the handover of 15 operational vehicles to the auditing firms.
The Acting Managing Director, NDDC, Prof. Kemebradikumor Pondei, who spoke while handing over 10 Hilux vehicles and five buses to the firm insisted that the ongoing audit was not designed as a witch-hunt.
Speaking at the permanent headquarters of the commission in Port Harcourt, Pondei noted that the ceremony was in continuation of the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to audit the activities of the commission in the last 20 years.
Pondei said the exercise would make the commission more functional, more transparent, and more responsible in delivering its core mandate to the people of the region.
He said: “You will recall that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the setting up of the forensic audit to look into the activities of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) from inception to August 2019.
“And this forensic consultant were appointed. Today we are here to hand over additional tools to the forensic auditors and to let everybody know that the process has commenced since and it is going on stronger.
“We hope that at the end of the day the forensic audit will unravel a lot of things that have gone wrong in the commission. It is not a witch-hunting process, but just for us to truly know the state of things and recommend a way forward and make sure that the commission delivers on its core mandate.”
The lead Consultant for the Forensic Audit team, Joshua Bashiru, a Managing Partner, said the audit was in fulfillment of the directive of the President, disclosing that 16 audit firms were involved in the process.
Also, the Principal Consultant, Alhaji Kabiru Ahmed, said the process was a milestone aimed at exposing what had gone wrong in the commission since inception.
Ahmed said: “Today signifies another important milestone to unraveling what has happened in this organization in the last 20 years”.
He said the event was designed to introduce the forensic audit team l involved in the process and update the management on the activities of the firm.
He said the auditors would meet with the state and departmental directors to intimate them on the workings of the auditing process.