The Niger Delta Region with vas oil reserves and source of Nigeria’s wealth accounts for more than 80% of the revenue earning for the country’s annual budget.
Yet the effect of the oil exploration in the host communities especially at the creeks had led to serious environmental degradation affecting their primary sources of livelihood which contributes to high poverty rate in the region.
Reversing the resource-curse phenomenon that has been the lot of the beleaguered people of the oil-rich Niger Delta was one of the major reasons why the Niger Delta Institutions (NDIs) such as NDDC, FMNDA and the oil and gas Commissions were set up to correct this error and promote development in the region.
However, the contribution of ANEEJ to the development of the region and attainment of the mandates of the NDIs introduce the Niger Delta transparency and Accountability Index to improve the overall standard and practice of Niger Delta institutions through Citizen Engagement.
As well as motivate NDIs to adopt measures that will be more effective, transparent and accountable to the people in the delivery of their mandate.
The Niger Delta Transparency and Accountability Index drafted by ANEEJ has 49 indicators under five grouping such as; Access to information and public disclosure, Synergy with other NDIs/Niger Delta development Agencies and Government Agencies, Consultation with communities/other stakeholders and inclusion, Transparency in procurement process and Institutions’ integrity.
Urhobo Daily gathered from ANEEJ report that it was launched December 15th, 2017 hosted on the Dyntra platform http://www.dyntra.org/en/transparency-indices/niger-delta-institutions/ this was a consequence of the strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement project implemented by ANEEJ/LITE-Africa and her Cluster members in the region.
Niger Delta Development Commission (NNDC) emerge top position with 30.61% while delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) scoring zero percent.
The NDITI is also another assessment toll that draws information from the institutions website as well as a creation of the same objective standard of measurement to promote transparency and accountability of these NDIs.