We Will Soon Roll Out Plans For Developing Niger Delta Region – NDDC Boss

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The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Dr. Samuel Ogbuku has disclosed that the new Board of the Commission would soon roll out plans for the development of the Niger Delta Region.

He made the remark at a three-day NDDC Board and Management Retreat at the Ibom Icon Hotels and Golf Resort in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

Ogbuku assured that the Governing Board was set to take the Commission to greater heights, stating: “We will soon roll out plans for developing the Niger Delta region. We will explore new areas of partnerships.”

The NDDC boss observed that the Commission recently inaugurated a committee on Public, Private Partnership, PPP, charged with exploring sustainable relationships which will impact positively on the people of the region.

According to him, “The PPP Committee is expected to review all the Commission’s existing partnerships as well as explore new partnerships that will result in enduring regional projects.”

Ogbuku said that the Committee will “identify, pursue and secure alternative sources of funding for the Commission’s projects and programmes,” as well as “draw up and adopt projects and programmes funding templates.”

Speaking on the setting for the retreat, the NDDC Managing Director said: “Uyo was chosen because we perceive Akwa Ibom State as a window of development in the Niger Delta region.”

In his speech, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Obong Umana Okon Umana charged members of the Governing Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to establish a template for effective take off in the task to make a positive impact on the lives of the people of the Niger Delta region.

He reminded the Board members that the people of the Niger Delta region and Nigerians were looking up to them to make a difference.

Umana also urged the Governing Board to ensure that the Management Retreat was used to discuss and address issues around the NDDC Act, the Public Procurement Act and other key issues bordering on accountability and transparency.

Before he formally declared the Retreat open, the Minister remarked that it was meant to equip the Board and Management with relevant information to play their various roles to ensure that the NDDC lives up to its mandate of fast-tracking the sustainable development of the Niger Delta region.

The Minister declared: “I trust that this new board, made up of experienced professionals, will not fail, especially with the confidence reposed in them.”

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