Re: Delta Commissioner may have pocketed “Vision 2020” N150 million

CHIKE C. OGEAH Esq

The attention of the Delta State Ministry of Information has been drawn to a publication posted on Saharareporters web journal of June 11, 2013 with the above title. Earlier in May this year, a community newspaper publisher had sought explanation from the Honourable Commissioner for Economic Planning on what he thought was the expenditure profile of N150 million on the Delta State Vision 2020 Plan.

In the detailed response to the enquiry which Saharareporters made reference to, it was made clear that only N90,300,000 (ninety million three hundred thousand naira only) was released in two tranches of N30 million on November 15, 2011 and N60.3 million on June 12, 2012.

The major expenditure was the payment of N29 million to the project facilitator, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), for the design and installation of M & E System, a result-based monitoring and evaluation software, in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). Other expenditures were for the purchase of a purpose-branded Toyota Hilux vehicle; printing and distribution of additional 1,000 copies of the Delta State Vision 2020 Plan as well as a two-week intensive course in January 2013 for 50 participants drawn from 40 MDAs in the state by UNITAR.

The salaries of the Vision 2020 secretariat staff, transport and travelling expenses, stationeries and bank charges brought total expenditure to N57.861 million.

By June 11, 2013, the day of the Saharareporters publication, the bank balance from the N90.3 million released for the Vision 2020 Plan stood at N32.438 million.

These facts were available to Saharareporters at the time of its publication. For reasons not too difficult to discern, Saharareporters chose the path of armchair journalism, fiction and malice. His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, Governor of Delta State, had mandated the Commissioner for Economic Planning to evolve measures that would improve the management of resources, project execution and reduce waste in governance.

We know there are interest groups determined to frustrate positive change in the machinery of governance. With the plausible and variable true story on the Vision 2020 Plan expenditure available to Saharareporters, that it chose to propagate falsehood shows that the clarification it sought from the Government was not done in good faith in the first instance. Clearly, there was malice before thought and a barely disguised agenda of maligning the person and administration of the Governor of Delta State under any guise.

We have gone to great depth to again give details of the expenditure of the N90.3 million just to enable Deltans, Nigerians and followers of Saharareporters have a glimpse of the real intent behind the on line journal’s denial of the truth in favour of fiction.

Signed
CHIKE C. OGEAH Esq
 Commissioner for Information

Comments
1 comment(s)
Post a comment

My dear Chike, you need not bother about this rejoinder.

My dear Chike, you need not bother about this rejoinder. You don’t waste your time & effort replying Sowore of SR bcos his problem is abject poverty not only of cash but of decorum & sincerity. His brazen disregard for truth & fairness in favour of jaundiced & vendetta as regards the oil producing states of continent Nigeria has become an open secret. If he had any iota of sanity left in him, he should have known that N150m is not the kind of money a commissioner from oily Delta is interested in. Bcos the commissioner can get billions frm his backyard by just digging with a shovel. Delta state is rich & proud of their wealth. This is not Ibadan or Lagos which depend of subvention from d SS&SE Republic. Delta has more land mass & population than Norway, Cyprus, Denmark etc. So citizens of Nigeria should count themselves lucky that we’ve helped out with our resources since 1960. But we are not going to continue. Beggarly elemental scallywags like Sowore can go to hell.