organisation, Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) has called on communities in the Niger Delta to demand more accountability from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The Executive Director of the ANEEJ, Rev. David Ugolor made the appeal at a news conference in Benin City, Edo State, recently
The conference was called to present the outcome of the implementation of Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) projects in the region.
The ANEEJ stressed the need for civil society organisations (CSOs) and the communities to hold the NDDC and other developmental partners in the region, to account for service delivery in line with their mandate.
.The ANEEJ noted that the people desire effective, transparent and accountable institutions working in collaboration with communities to develop the region.
Ugolor said it was as a result of transparency that the ANEEJ, in partnership with the USAID project was conceived.
He said the project was also intended to raise public awareness about the mandate and activities of these institutions — the NDDC, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and other development agencies.
“They are also expected to stimulate public interest and demand improved accountability’’.
The ANEEJ boss noted that the SACE project, which commenced in November 2014 was successful.
He said some of the developmental institutions in the region responded positively to its advocacy and put measures in place to improve on their effectiveness and as well as to promote transparency and accountability.
“While we agree that there are still issues for advocacy by these institutions, we commend them for the measures in place so far to promote their effectiveness. We particularly congratulate the NDDC.
“We recommend to other institutions to install measures already adopted by the NDDC, as well as encourage all the institutions to do more to earn the confidence of the people,” he said.
Ugolor, then appealed to the media to focus more on key developmental issues in the region, rather than providing more media space to challenges of militancy and politics within the region.
“There are more positive things happenings in the region that need to occupy media spaces,” he added.