The #FollowTheMoney (FTM) Team during its data mining session examined the Delta State Paris Club Refunds costed work plan. It was found out that NGN 4.6 million ($14,624) was budgeted for the Construction of Water Hydrant/Borehole at Ododegho (population of 7,000) in Ughelli North LGA with the contractor being Questrade Nigeria Limited. This appropriation is quite timely, considering the community lacks access to clean water.

We have initiated the #WaterOdodegho Campaign to track the implementation of the NGN 4.6 million. Through this campaign, we call on all concerned stakeholders, especially the Delta SPHCDA and Questrade Nigeria Limited to uphold the public interest through the accountable and transparent management of the fund that has been released to construct this borehole.

We invite the public to get involved in the Campaign today. Help us follow the money to ensure that the water borehole is built for the local community members in order to provide adequate and clean water access to them. Join us through ifollowthemoney.org.

Government Ministries not Aware of the Paris Club Refund

FTM Delta State Chapter Delegation at the Meeting

22 August 2017: Our Follow the Money State Chapter in Delta State went to the Ministry of Finance for a courtesy call on the Commissioner to ask critical questions concerning the implementation of the project. They were rather referred to the Ministry’s Accountant General, and later to a rather junior officer, the Director of Treasury, Mrs. Joy Enwa. She showed great lackadaisical attitude and later informed the team that the state government had disbursed the PCR funds to all concerned agencies.

Find the meeting report here. A confirmation from one of the Ministries involved, the Ministry of Education revealed most of the MDAs were not aware of the Paris Club Refund.

Recent Water Project in the Community is Not Traceable to the Paris Club Refund

9 August 2017: During a community outreach at Odedegho, Ughelli North LGA, for the campaign, we observed that the implementation of the proposed water project has not started. According to the community, no recent water project in the community is traceable to the state government from the Paris Club Refund.

Find the full report here.

Community Not Aware of Project Funding 

Odedegho Community Stakeholders at The Outreach

9 August 2017: The community stakeholders present at the outreach was exceedingly surprised to learn that there was an appropriation of NGN4.6m on the state’s Paris Club Refund work plan.

The community stakeholders confirmed that no such sum was communicated to them. In the words of the youth leader, Mr. Oke Samson, “We were not aware of this fund. No government personnel or contractor has ever been here for such. If not for Follow the Money, we might never have known.”

Community Claimed Government Last Met with them in 2014

The youth leader of #Ododegho

9 August 2017: While interacting with the community leaders, they stated that the last time they experienced government presence was between 2009-2014 and most of the water project seen in the community were those implemented and commissioned by either Delta State Oil Production Community Development Commission (DESOPADEC) or Niger Delta Development Commission  (NDDC).