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NDDC Wasted Scholarships on Politicians’ Children, Associates – MD

Valentine Chinyem

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The Acting Managing Director/Chief Executive of NDDC, Dr Joi Nuneih, has accused politicians of awarding scholarships opportunities from the commission that should have been used to develop the children of the poor from the regions, to their own children and associaties.

She said this while leading a delegation on a courtesy visit to Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu at the Government House, Umuahia.

She regretted that the award of scholarships to the privileged persons at the expense of those that actually needed such opportunities was among the various ways past managements of NDDC had vitiated the noble intentions of the intervention agency.

Before now the NDDC was giving scholarships to 2,000 politicians’ children and their associates but today we would rather give scholarships to 5,000 rural children,” she said.

The CEO of NDDC explained that she was at government house to present to Abia governor a list of 633 conventional projects in the state, some of which are ongoing while some were claimed to have been completed.

According to her, the list of NDDC projects in Abia “is very important” as it would enable the state government to actually assess how far the intervention agency has impacted on the lives of the people, adding that the projects included road projects, primary healthcare centres, hostels, among others.

Ikpeazu said that he was delighted that “for the first time” the NDDC “is responding positively” to issues that concern the development of the people of its mandate areas.