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Focus on development, Governor Wike tells NDDC

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on the Niger Delta Development Commission  (NDDC) to focus on the  development of the region, instead of being involved  in partisan politics.
Speaking  on Friday  at the Government House, Port Harcourt when he granted audience  to the Governing Board of the NDDC, Governor Wike said it will be counterproductive if NDDC  continues to  operate  like a political  party.
He noted that development  in the Niger Delta  has been  stunted because of the politicisation  of the activities of NDDC, which makes it difficult  for the commission to focus on its core mandate.
The governor  said that  the NDDC  is not a state, hence it must subject itself to the laws of the states where it operates.
The governor  said: “NDDC is not a state.  Therefore, it should respect  the laws of the states where it operates. NDDC  cannot wake up and start projects without seeking the cooperation  of the host states.
“It is worrisome  that NDDC  is trying to politicise the execution of projects and this  will not help the development  of the region.
The governor added: “NDDC  is not a political party.  For now, we are talking about governance  and all efforts  must be geared towards  the betterment of the people”.
Governor Wike explained  that the NDDC  needs the support and  cooperation of states to make meaningful  impact  in the Niger Delta.
He regretted  that the immediate  past NDDC  leadership  never related with the Rivers State Government  on development issues.
The governor  urged the NDDC  Governing Board  to allow the Rivers State Government  bear the cost of constructing  the joint hospital on Women and Children with NDDC, after which the commission can effect a refund.
He assured the NDDC  of the support of the Rivers State Government  in the delivery  of  the development goals.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Board of the NDDC, Senator Victor Ndoma Egba informed that the new board will change the narrative  of the NDDC  by making the commission functional and  responsive  to the needs of the Niger Delta.
He said that  the NDDC  may have fallen short of the expectations  of the people, pointing out that the new board  will strengthen  the systems  and processes to ensure that NDDC  delivers on her mandate.
The NDDC Chairman  who was accompanied  by  the Managing Director, Mr Nsima Ekere and other Board Members, said that all organs of the commission will be activated, while Niger Delta State Governors will be more involved  in the commission’s activities.
Highpoint  of the visit by the NDDC  Board  was the tour of ongoing projects  in Government House.
Simeon Nwakaudu,
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media.
27th January, 2017.
AmarSim Associations Development Consultants

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