Abuja - The board and management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) said it was re-focusing the agency for better service delivery to all its stakeholders in the country’s major oil-producing region.
Chairman of the Governing Board of the NDDC, Bassey Ewa-Henshaw, has along those lines declared open a three-day retreat for members of the board and management at the Le Meridien Hotel in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
He said that the retreat was very timely, coming at a critical time in the history of the NDDC.
Furthermore, he said, the theme, “Re-focusing NDDC for Better Service Delivery”, was most appropriate.
He noted that the Bureau of Public Service Reform had in 2013 observed that the commission had a large pool of capable personnel, which is constrained by poor leadership, weak institutional systems and a culture of impunity.
Henshaw thus issued a warning to members.
“I believe that it is now time to tell ourselves some home truths. It can no longer be business as usual. Substantial and immediate changes for the better must take place. We must root out impunity from NDDC,” he said.
The chairman said he was hopeful that the retreat would re-orientate the minds of members of the NDDC family and re-focus their attention to address the image problem of the commission.
He charged the participants to leave Uyo with a more positive attitude and a greater commitment to achieving the goals of the NDDC.
Managing Director of the Commission Bassey Dan-Abia admitted that the commission was losing focus but added that the critical question was how to get back on track.
“Holding this 2014 board and management retreat is our first step at getting back on track,” he said.
– CAJ News
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