By; ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
The Executive Director of Projects, Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) Dr. Cairo Ojougboh at the weekend has bagged a ‘Distinguished Personality’ Award, a New Face of NDDC, from the Jet Age Nation Builder Organization in Rwanda.
The Continental Coordinator, Amb. Young Piero Omatseye, presented the award on behalf of the Face of Jet Age Nation Builder and Brand Ambassadors India-Rwanda, Amb. Nayasa Sanghavi.
He said “from the three nominations they go from Nigeria for the Jet age Continental Award, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, the Executive Director of Projects, NDDC is one of them.
“The Jet Age Nation Builder is an institution which takes synergy with like minds across Africa and globally.
“With partnership with the United Nation Development Programmes, the Africa Union, the common wealth, captains of industries, world youth organizations”.
Amb. Omatseye added, “The Jet Age was born out of the steering committee that we had in 2019, were we found out that we really need individuals to drive processes of zero tolerance to corruption like Rewanda.
“We came to Delta State with all our stakeholders around. People were nominated because of the tireless works they deed in their countries. Dr. Cairo Ojougboh fell into this category as a Distinguished Personality of Jet Age, a new Face of NDDC.
“When we straced the works of Dr. Cairo Ojougboh and his activities in the Niger Delta Development Commission during our investigation report, we found out that Dr. Cairo is very transparent in his works as the Acting Executive Director of projects NDDC.
“With the top secrets that he has leaked from the NDDC we believed that this is worth emulating at all point and this is in alliance with transparency international.
“We also found out that Executive Director of Projects, was able to leak the mismanaged funds of the commission to the tune of about N1.447, 750,766,66 in just three years not accounted for. ‘where is this money?
“We further checked on his profile to know where he is coming from and we found out that he has a clean slate.”
“The Jet Age Nation Builders therefore call on the international communities, human rights agencies to support this Interim managment Committe of the NDDC to make sure they deliver in their promises”.
While receiving the award, Dr. Cairo thanked the Jet Age Nation Builders’ Organization for bestowding on him a Distinguished Personality and new Face of NDDC.
He said; “I am most delighted to be so recognized, this award is coming from a country like Rewanda with very impressive record of anti-corruption efforts, a country that is zero tolerance for corruption as number one in Africa in making progress.
“As a Soldier of truth and National Patron of Soldiers for Truth International Advocacy, I want to say that no man is hated as much as one who tell the truth; but once you imbibe the spirit of the truth, then you will be free. Therefore I am glad that people realize we are telling the truth.”
“On NDDC, the information coming from my table indicates that with three years, about N1.4Trilion of emergency contracts, not captured in the NDDC budget and they were mis-accounted, this has caused a lot of problems in the Commission because there is nothing on the ground to show.
“So we have started the first phase of the forensic audit which i verification of jobs but ongoing and completed and have gotten a certificate of no objection to appoint a lead Auditor, probably take off the forensic.
“A lot of people are against the verification and forensic audit because of their selfish interest.
“But, we have the courage to face it and if this is the only thing we can do for the Nation, it’s enough.
“We will completely clean NDDC so that an incoming Board will follow the standard the benefit of the creation of NDDC will be felt by the people of the Niger Delta.
“The NDDC is supposed to be a vehicle for transforming the Niger Delta and for recognizing and compensating the pains of the rural areas, but over the years we have nothing to show for it.
“For instance the Head quarters of NDDC has been ongoing for 30years from OMPDEC but since we came the construction has gone far and may be ready for commissioning by the end of March 2020.
“So we have decided that we are not going to award mega projects but to complete what we have already on ground”. Ojougboh added.