The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, said corruption and political interference have disrupted the original purpose of setting up the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Mr Akpabio, who spoke on Saturday in an interview programme with the NTA, said he was sure that those who founded the NDDC would be disappointed with what has become of the commission.
The NDDC was set up in 2000 by the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo to fast-track development in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
Nineteen years later, the region still remains backwards in terms of infrastructure and standard of living, despite the huge amount of money made from oil-exploitation in the area.
Mr Akpabio said he was not proud, personally, of the commission’s scorecard, and that as a supervising minister he was determined to get the place to work for the good of the people.
The minister said the NDDC has been noted for substandard and abandoned projects.