No state gov’t fi­nanc­ing projects in Niger Delta – NDDC

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Mustapha Suleiman

The Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Niger Delta De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (NDDC), Bar­ris­ter Dan Abia has re­vealed that no state gov­ern­ment from the re­gion was fi­nanc­ing projects be­ing em­barked by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

Abia stated this in Abuja when he paid a cour­tesy call to the Spe­cial Ad­viser to the pres­i­dent on Amnesty Pro­gramme, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh.

He said that there are a lot of mis­in­for­ma­tion about the ac­tiv­i­ties of the com­mis­sion and other agen­cies es­tab­lished by the gov­ern­ment to drive de­vel­op­ment in the Niger Delta.

Ac­cord­ing to him, no state was fund­ing NDDC, stress­ing that the Com­mis­sion’s Act makes no pro­vi­sion for the state to be spon­sor­ing it.

He added that be­cause of the high ex­pec­ta­tions from the peo­ple, they thought the com­mis­sion could solve all the prob­lems fac­ing the re­gion, but noted that within its man­date, it would fa­cil­i­tate sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in the re­gion.

Ear­lier, the Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor said in or­der to achieve the task of rein­te­gra­tion and en­sur­ing sus­tain­able peace in the re­gion it re­quire syn­ergy amongst the agen­cies.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, the agen­cies con­sti­tuted a team to fur­ther strengthen the col­lab­o­ra­tion and to en­sure that the on-go­ing pro­gramme was sus­tain­able.

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