With youthful exuberance, I casually remarked that his DFRRI
was a 'monumental disaster'.
The three agencies are: Directorate for Food, Roads and Rural Infrastructures (DFRRI), Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), and the National Economic Empowerment Development Strategy (NEEDS).
The DFRRI, NDDC and NEEDS executed various developmental projects all over the country.
Similarly, the Directorate of Food, Roads and Rural Infrastructure (DFRRI
), a federal agency responsible for national and international rural development programs established in 1988, defined a rural area, for operational and policy purposes, as a community with inadequate basic social amenities/infrastructure and engagement in agricultural production.
We are the planners and implementors of the process of social reorientation of the civil values in the polity as illustrated in the activities of MAMSER and DFRRI.(1)
Billions of naira were spent on white elephant projects such as DFRRI, MAMSER, Mass Transit and Better Life for Rural Women (appropriately re-tagged by ordinary people as Better Life for Rulers' Wives).
Despite Babangida administration's attempt to reduce their significance, organizations such as these, maintained their relevance in the federal government's abortive transition programme to civilian rule.(23) In fact, both the Babangida regime's constitutional proposal for local government reforms and integrated rural development programme, which sought to shift power away from the state capitals to local bureaucracies by directly funding local government councils and local boards of the Directorate of Food, Road and Rural Infrastructure (DFRRI
), both show the intense class and communal struggles within the context of Nigeria's federal politics.