Information reaching the #FollowTheMoney Team is that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) will be providing water borehole to Etok Uruk Eshiet, in Etim Ekpo LGA of Akwa Ibom State. The contract for the project construction was tender-advertised by the aforementioned agency here. The community members are mainly subsistent farmers with their main source of income being oil palm and oil milling. They have an estimated population of 2,000.
As a result, we have initiated the #WaterEtokUrukEshiet to track the implementation of the water project at the community. Through this campaign, we call on all concerned stakeholders, especially the NDDC to uphold the public interest through the accountable and transparent management of the fund that has been released for the project. We invite the public to get involved in the Campaign today.
Help us follow the money through ifollowthemoney.org to ensure that the water borehole is built for the community for adequate and clean water access.
Follow the Money Team Wrote Petitions to Stakeholders
27 February 2018: We did not heard from the NDDC on details sought regarding the project implementation such as the contract award documents, successful contractor details, actual project amount and bill of quantities, as well as confirming that no sort of implementation had started at the community, we wrote a petition to the ICPC, EFCC, Auditor-General of the Federation and the National Assembly (Senate and House of Reps) to conduct investigation over the project.
NDDC Officials Yet to Visit the Community
23 October 2017: Our community cluster in Akwa Ibom State visited the community to investigate project implementation. They observed that no sort of implementation had started and NDDC officials have not been to the community over the project or any other one in the past few years.
Please read the full report here.
Community Head Not Aware of The Project
23 October 2017: During a visit to the community chief, the UkporoakpaObong of Etok Uruk Eshiet, the team inquired whether he was aware of the water project or not, he replied: “We are completely in the dark about this. Never heard of such.” Having learnt this, we then furnished him with the full information about the project and the tender.