NDDC is committed to the Development of the Niger Delta, Managing Director Assures

Mr. Nsima Ekere, MD NDDC

The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, Nsima Ekere, has said the commission will establish the right institutions, partnerships and strategies to bring true development to the Niger Delta region.
Ekere spoke yesterday at NDDC’s headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, while signing separate Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), led by Dr Dara Akala, and the Budgit Foundation, with Mr Oluseun Onigbinde as its lead partner.
The NDDC chief said the Federal Government interventionist agency placed emphasis on Niger Delta region to fulfil the people’s expectations, reward aspirations and renew faith in government and other institutions of authority.
He noted that PIND was a Chevron and United States of America (U.S.A) agency for International Development (USAID)-funded non-governmental organisation (NGO).
Ekere said it operated exclusively in Niger Delta with the objective of building peace, resolving conflicts, building capacity and providing the enabling environment for sustainable living.
He said: “In very clear and unambiguous terms, this commission is mandated to develop our people and the Niger Delta region.
“In the execution of the challenging and unenviable task, management (of NDDC), in collaboration with the board, is at liberty to enable a pragmatic vision of regional development, roll out strategies and tactics for execution of the vision and harness internal and external metrics that would facilitate its optimal actualisation.
“To build this great region (Niger Delta) is to build ourselves, our families, our communities and our people. To fulfil the letters and spirit of the mandate before this partnership and the commission is to actualise our collective dreams, long held.”
Ekere added that when the governing board and management of NDDC took over on November 4, last year, there was the unveiling of the 4-R initiative, whose overarching objective was to deliver high impact social welfare programmes and physical infrastructure projects that would touch the people’s lives and change the prevalent narrative.
The NDDC chairman said the initiative would restructure the agency’s balance sheet, reform the governance systems, restore its core mandate and reaffirm the agency’s commitment to doing what was right and proper at all times.
Ekere noted that due to the enormity of the developmental and institutional challenges before the commission and its officials, it was imperative to have clearly-conceived and robustly-articulated partnerships, built on shared vision and responsibility.
PIND’s Executive Director Dr Dara Akala said the foundation was promoting peace and development in the Niger Delta.


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