The objective of the Niger Delta Support Programme (NDSP) is to mitigate the conflict in the Niger Delta by addressing the main causes of the unrest and violence: bad governance, (youth) unemployment, poor delivery of basic services. Specifically the programme contributes to poverty alleviation through the development and support given to local community development initiatives.
NDSP Component 4, has an overall budget of €70,905,000. Of this total amount €45,000,000 (Forty Five Million, Euros) is coming from the EU 'External Development Fund' (EDF) contributions while the community and the Local Government Authorities shall provide the difference of €25,905,000 (Twenty-Five Million, Nine Hundred and Five Thousand Euros only). The 10th EDF contributions to the works' component of the project is €25,905,000 (Twenty Five Million, Nine Hundred and Five Thousand Euros) only.
The following are the key results expected under the programme:
- Result 1: Strengthened Community Governance through adoption of Community Development Action Plans by Communities and Government authorities as well as improved social cohesion among village communities especially where none existed
- Result 2: Increased equitable access to basic infrastructure services and coverage of communities not served under MPP9
- Result 3: Increased equitable access to income generating options and sustainable livelihood development for women and men
- Result 4: Improved social cohesion among village communities.
The indirect expected result will be improved living conditions of the population in both urban and rural areas, leading to less conflict and violence in the Niger Delta region.
The Project [Service Contract FED/2013/330-931] is implemented by a Consortium led by PLANET SA of Greece, since January 2014. It consists of six Components, as follows –as per Consultant’s approach in the submitted Technical Proposal:
- Component 1: Building and Driving Implementation Framework
- Component 2: Preparing and Developing the Project Pipeline
- Component 3: Supervising & Delivery of Micro-projects
- Component 4: Training & Capacity Building
- Component 5: Visibility and Awareness-raising
- Component 6: Project Management
The overall objective of the Niger Delta Support Programme (NDSP) is to mitigate the conflict in the Niger Delta by addressing the main causes of the unrest and violence: bad governance, (youth) unemployment, poor delivery of basic services. Specifically the programme will contribute to poverty alleviation through the development and support given to local community development initiatives.
The purpose of this contract is as follows:
- To support local communities' development initiatives and conflict alleviation.
This engagement will support institutional reforms and capacity building, resulting in Local Government and State Authorities increasingly providing infrastructural services, income generating options, sustainable livelihoods development, gender equity and community empowerment. This will be achieved through offering models of transparency and participation as well as the involvement of Local Governments in funding Micro‑projects to enhance impact and sustainability. Specifically over 800 community projects will be implemented as part of the EU support to community development in the Niger Delta.
1. Delegation of European Commission in Nigeria (EUD)
The European Union Delegation in Nigeria & ECOWAS countries, is the funding agency of the programme and is responsible for all payments arising from project implementation. The EUD also grants Ex-ante approvals to ensure compliance with EDF rules and guidelines.
2. Ministry of Budget and National Planning (MBNP)
The Ministry of Budget & National Planning (MBNP, former NPC) is the contracting authority for the project and is represented by the National Authorising Officer (NAO) who is also the Minister of Budget and National Planning.
3. Project Steering Committee (PSC)
The National Authorising Officer has established and is chairing a Project Steering Committee (PSC). Members include representatives of States, Civil Society and a representative of the EU Delegation with an observer status. Representatives of development organisations, consultants and technical experts may be invited on specific needs.
The PSC performs the following functions;
- The PSC oversees and validates the overall direction and policy of the project.
- The Project Steering Committee convenes annually.
The Project Manager / Team Leader is a member of the PSC.
4. State Level Project Stakeholders Coordination Committee (SLPSCC)
The SLPSCCs have been established in the Nine States to facilitate programme implementation at the State level. The Technical Assistance Team (TAT) work with the State Level Project Stakeholders Coordination Committee (SLPSCC), set up by the National Authorising Officer and chaired by the relevant State Ministry. Membership includes the officials of the benefitting LGAs and the Communities as well as the nominated representative of the MBNP.
The committee has the following functions:
Each SLPSCC is setup at cluster level initially. The programme however offered flexibility to respond to the establishment of SLPSCC within each state, which proved a more desirable option. The Consultant's IFOs, organised by PLANET SA, have the primary responsibility of interacting with the SLPSCC at the state levels.
- This Committee reviews progress on Micro project implementation.
- It serves as an avenue for the Project to inform the State Government of its activities. .
- The Committee specifically reviews if the inputs provided by State and Local Governments are in line with their obligations under the Memorandum of Understanding. .
- It reviews the functionality of the Project approach to confirm or establish whether it is working within the State policies and development Plans. .
- It further discusses how the lessons learned from the Project can be integrated in State and Local Government policies and practices as a whole..
- The committee finally performs mediation and advisory role for the resolution of issues and challenges from the communities as may be required.
5. Project Implementation Management Unit (PIMU)
A practical and functional Project Implementation Management Unit (PIMU) has been established with the overall responsibility of coordinating, managing and implementing the project activities. The PIMU, with the responsibility of full and final delivery of over 800 micro projects, is located in Owerri, Imo State given its apparent centrality to the rest of the States.
6. Implementation Field Offices (IFO)
The TAT has established 5 functional Implementation Field Offices (IFO) at the State level. Each Implementation Field Office (IFO) oversees the activities of a cluster of 2 states respectively. The IFOs have the primary responsibility and purpose of actively following up, monitoring, checking quality and delivery timeliness of micro projects. It is the responsibility of the IFO to ensure the implementation of project activities, achievement and delivery of targets in the clusters.
The main clusters have been shaped as follows;
- PIMU Office: + IFO for Imo (Owerri, Imo State)
- Cluster 1: Ondo and Edo (IFO in Benin)
- Cluster 2: Cross River and Akwa Ibom ( IFO in Calabar)
- Cluster 3: Rivers and Abia ( IFO in Umuahia)
- Cluster 4: Delta and Bayelsa (IFO in Asaba)
The Cluster View of NDSP Component 4
The implementation arrangement envisages that Owerri preserves both a PIMU and an IFO (to cover Imo State) in the same location for synergy and increased impact. It is important to note that the proposal for the location of the IFOs was informed largely by proximity, centrality or contiguous nature of the states to the areas under the cluster coverage.
On top of the above configuration, the Consultant's Consortium led by PLANET SA of Greece additionally set up in year 2015 a 6th IFO Office in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. Moreover, in year 2018, three more Sub-stations were set up in the remaining three States, leading to representation and provision of focal point to local stakeholder, across all nine Niger Delta States; a significant roll-out deployment to enhance the Programme's dissemination and success.
7. Micro-Projects Implementation Committees (PICs)
The Project Implementation Committee at the community level is being gradually set up over NDSP4, with representation of all social groups of the benefiting community and a local government representative.
Each committee is responsible for monitoring project implementation by the contractor, for ensuring that LGA fulfil their requirements, including financial contributions, according to the MoU. They also are liable for post completion monitoring of the projects.
Special training packages are regularly being organised to build management (especially administrative, financial and operation and maintenance) capacity of the PICs’ members.