Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) has said that one of the challenges of Niger Delta institutions within the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) states was lack of commitments to fulfill its mandate to the people.
Although ANEEJ attributed this to paucity of funds and political considerations in the allocation of projects, it however, noted that over four years since it began advocacy with other CSOs within the region, about 35 abandoned projects have been completed in three states namely, Edo, Delta and Cross River states by NDDC.
Executive director, ANEEJ, Reverend David Ugolor, who disclosed this yesterday at a media briefing at its secretariat in Benin City, said the project was under the Strengthening Advocacy and Civil Engagement (SACE) funded by USAID through Chronics.
According to him, the first two years of this project started in October 2014 with ANEEJ/Lite-Africa as well as their cluster members undertaking specific activities to strengthen the capacity of CSOs to engage the Niger Delta institutions to promote transparency, accountability and effectiveness.
Against this backdrop, he noted that research on the mandate of NDIs were carried out and performance established in the Citizen Report Card (CRC).
“Outcome of the research and CRC was condensed into policy papers and used to engage the respective NDIs”, Ugolor said