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Niger Delta Commission decries lack of funding

08 July 2015, 08:47Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has appealed to Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, to intervene to ensure the organisation secured funding from federal government.

Chairman of the NDCC Board, Ewa-Henshaw, said the organistion had not been funded, according to law, since 2001 and over N800 billion due to the Board unremitted.

As a result, ambitious projects to boost development in the state had been put on hold, he said.

“The vision of the Board is one that can provide a platform and the avenue for integrating and developing the Niger Delta sub-region through strategic intervention and key infrastructure development in road, rail and education,” he added.

“We can create business investment and employment opportunities for our people. We are not unaware of the negative perception of our people, but as a Board we have come determined to change that,” he said.

Also Read:Senate endorses NDDC 2015 budget

Meanwhile, Oshiomhole is upbeat the Niger Delta will benefit immensely from the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He spoke during the visit of Ewa-Henshaw, who led other members of the Board including the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NDDC, Bassey Dan-Abia, to his office.

“I am aware that the Board has initiated a number of projects and according to you, you have over a thousand of them totaling over a trillion naira. These are huge numbers. The expectations of the people of the Niger Delta are very high as they expect that the intervention agency would find resources to address their critical needs,” said Oshiomhole.

“I am very confident that President Mohammadu Buhari, given his passion for development as a trusted friend of the poor masses which is his own main constituency, will do everything possible to look at the letter and the spirit and do whatever has to be done to ensure that the law of NDDC is complied with.”

NDDC was established in 2000 with the mission of facilitating the rapid, even and sustainable development of the Niger Delta into a region that is economically prosperous, socially stable, ecologically regenerative and politically peaceful.

- CAJ News


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