The Zonal Head of Public Affairs of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Assistant Commander of the EFCC, ACE Dele Oyewale, has called on civil society and communal groups in the Niger Delta region, to brace up and tackle the menace of economic and financial crimes at the grassroots level, to ensure the repositioning of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
Oyewale gave the charge on Thursday, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, at a Regional Conference on “Repositioning the NDDC For Inclusive & Effective Service Delivery” convened by the Social Action.
According to the EFCC Zonal Public Affairs Head, grassroots involvement and engagement by civil society groups, are effective means of uncovering and reporting project compromises by the NDDC.
“The EFCC has been consistently harping on the need for public ownership of the anti- corruption war. As civil society groups, the task of uncovering and reporting project abandonment, compromises and other corrupt practices by actors in the NDDC, can only be effective if more engagements are done at the grassroots level.
“Abandoned projects are not on the space, they are on planet earth and if interactions are done with those at the grassroots, more useful facts would be gathered that will assist the EFCC in bringing suspected culprits to justice”, he said.