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APC requests release of NDDC funds

19 January 2016, 19:08

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.

Also read: PDP wary of possible abuse of NDDC funds

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

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