Activists Floor NDDC at Port Harcourt High Court

Some rights activists based in Edo State have secured a major victory
against the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) via a judgment
by the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Wednesday.

The activists through their counsel, President Aigbokhan Esq. had
written a letter to the commission requesting for detailed breakdown
of the expenditure and the receipts of disbursement of the sum of N308
billion appropriated to the commission in 2014.
This, the Commission failed to comply with which necessitated the
applicants move.
In his judgment, Justice A. M. Liman held that the action of the
Commission denying the applicants Certified True Copies (CTC) of
documents relating to the spending, newspapers publications,
procurement journals, tender bills, receipt of payment or other
documents of the projects awarded by the Commission between 2012-2014
amounts to breach of their fundamental right of information guaranteed
under section 39 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria, 1999.
The Court also ordered the Commission to disclose the amount of money
transferred to the Commission from Ecological fund, Oil Producing and
Extractive Industries and the International Oil Companies in Nigeria
to the Commission between the year 2013-2014 and the breakdown and
receipts of expenditure.

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