The Acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mrs Ibim Seminatari, has promised to actualize the development vision of President Muhammadu Buhari in the Niger Delta region.
Seminitari, speaking shortly after receiving the handover notes from the immediate past Managing Director of the Commission, Sir. Bassey Dan-Abia, at a brief ceremony in Port Harcourt at the commission’s headquarters, said her mission is to complete all existing projects.
The former Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication, also said that she has a responsibility to God and President Muhammadu Buhari to drive development in the region.
She said: “I have in-depth knowledge of what the commission ought to be doing in terms of development. I understand what our challenges are… It is now time for me to do my part.
“I have a responsibility to God and to President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that his vision for the Niger Delta comes to pass.”
Semenitari urged the Directors and staff of the commission to get ready to confront the challenges facing the commission, stressing that there was no much time left to wait.
She also commended Dan-Abia for the works he has done for the commission, noting that he has been tremendous in his contributions.
“Because I am yet to get briefing from the directors… I cannot make a clear policy statement. But I will do what the President wants – which is the development of the region. We will hit the road running,” she said.
“I will try to fit into the shoes of Dan-Abia and continue from where he stopped,” she added.
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Also speaking, Sir Bassey Dan-Abia said he was handing over in honour and privilege to Semenitari whom he described as a true daughter of the Niger Delta and somebody who will bring her wealth of experience to bear in running of the commission.
He described the Niger Delta region as a difficult terrain that needs the joint efforts of stakeholders to develop, urging the staff and youths to give more support to the in coming acting MD.