Abuja - The Rivers State Chapter of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) has appealed to government to priotise the payment
of the N800 billion the past administration of reportedly owed the
Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The party said the funds would enable the commission fulfill
statutory obligation to the region.
“In making this demand we are aware of the poor state of our
common patrimony but seeing the strategic inputs of this region to both the
economic and political life of our nation, the need for the release of this
fund cannot be over-emphasised,” APC Rivers Chairman, Davies Ikanya, said.
“We will like to
suggest that it will be very helpful to work out a programme for the release of
money so far withheld. These releases can be tied to specific projects on
roads, rail, power and even oil refining,” the party added.
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Meanwhile, Rivers APC also solicited the support of all Niger
Deltans for the new NDDC management, led by the state’s former Commissioner for
Information, Ibim Semenitari.
“We at the same time counsel the new NDDC leadership to
initiate a stakeholders meeting of prominent actors in the region with the hope
of harnessing a common front for a greater future for the region,” Ikanya said.
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.
Ikanya is confident Semenitari is on the right track.
“She has within few weeks at the helm of affairs as the NDDC
boss demonstrated understanding of her task and the relevance of the commission
to the region.”
- CAJ News