NDDC plans new strategy to develop Niger Delta

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Dr. Joi Nunieh, NDDC acting managing director.

A new strategy is being evolved for the development of the Niger Delta region, the Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr. Joi Nunieh has hinted.

Speaking shortly after a statement by the Presidency confirming her appointment, Dr. Nunieh, also assured that the Commission would ensure speedy completion of all on-going projects in the Niger Delta region.

She expressed appreciation to President Muhammed Buhari for changing the narrative of the Niger Delta region through his development agenda for the oil-producing area and the opportunity given to the Interim Committee to serve the region.

She said: “I am sure this Committee will experience an exciting and fulfilling journey at the Niger Delta Development Commission. I want to commend the deep interest that Mr. President has shown in changing the narrative”.

She promised to engage Niger Delta leaders and stakeholders of the region, by carrying them along in the Commission’s activities.

Nunieh therefore called for innovative ideas that would forge the region ahead, and place it on the global map.

“As we face the scourge of reduced revenue from the combined effect of decline in global oil prices and the crippling economic sabotage of Nigeria’s oil production activities, NDDC would look into innovative and more efficient ways of executing its mandates.”

She also assured that the team would execute their mandate to the satisfaction of the Niger Delta region and the Nation, promising to take NDDC to the next level.

She said, “We are here because Mr. President expects that the forensic audit should be done properly from 2001 to date. There will be no compromise and the people will know that a new team is here to work.”

She promised that under her watch, the Commission would complete more than 50 per cent of abandoned projects, adding that the NDDC would carry out the mandate of President Buhari to complete all on-going projects in the region and positively impact on the lives of people in the rural areas.

However, she expressed dissatisfaction with the situation at most of the sites visited by the team.

She noted that non-performance of some contractors justifies President Muhammadu Buhari’s order for a forensic audit of the NDDC.

Nunieh replaces the Pius Odudu-led commission, at the Commission, while the Commission would be audited and recomposed.

She said, “We are here because Mr. President expects that the forensic audit should be done properly from 2001 to date. There will be no compromise and the people will know that a new team is here to work.”

Pledging their support, the Commission’s Executive Directors, Dr. Cairo Ojougbo and Mr. Bassey Efang, said they would ensure their experiences are put to bear for the growth of the region.

While Dr. Cairo Ojougbo is the Ag. Executive Director, Projects, Mr. Bassey Efang would supervise the Commission’s Finances as the Ag. Executive Director.

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