NDDC To Partner With Nigerian Navy, Others On Project Protection

NDDCThe Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) says it would partner with the Nigerian Navy and other security agencies to ensure that the Commission’s  projects in the region are protected and safe for socioeconomic activities.

The NDDC Managing Director, Barrister Bassey Dan-Abia, while speaking during the visit of the Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Atiku Abdulkadir, to the Commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, lamented lack of fund to carry out projects that are littered across the Niger Delta region.

The NDDC boss promised to collaborate and partner with the Navy and Air Force to make sure that the creeks, coastal areas of the Niger Delta where the Commission’s projects are in the waterways of the region, are protected.

He noted that the collaboration would create the enabling environment for economic activities to strive and open up windows of opportunities for investors, promote employment generation and development.

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) led by Mrs Helen Amachere, thanked the NDDC Managing Director for the Command’s inclusion on the list of NDDC security.

The NDDC contractors forum had earlier planned a protest of none payment by the Commission, but with the intervention of the MD, the round table discussion took place.

The President of the Group, Joe Abia, said that their grief was that they were blanked out of

The NDDC MD said that the current funding problem facing the Commission has been challenging but also noted that the issue of security cannot be over-emphasised.

Barrister Dan-Abia promised to support and partner with them as soon as the funding situation improves.

The NSCDC had resumed work with the NDDC in addition with the Police, Army and the internal security.

Nigerians Need Not Worry Over 2015 Polls – NDDC Boss

Postgraduate ScholarshipThe Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has assured that all will be well despite Nigerians’ worry over next year’s general elections.

Addressing participants at a workshop,  sponsored by the NDDC,  to prepare, equip and empower the people of the Niger Delta Region for a peaceful and effective participation in the 2015 elections, the NDDC Managing Director, Mr Bassey Dan-Abia, told them that the commission considered it a duty to contribute its quota to ensure the success of the forthcoming general elections in the country.

Mr Dan-Abia, represented by his Special Adviser on Youth, Sports, Culture and Women Affairs, Barr. George Turnah, disclosed that the NDDC must be in the forefront in the quest to get it right in the 2015 polls this time.

He added that the country is blessed with a leader who believes in a transparent electoral process as he reminded them that President Goodluck Jonathan was the chief proponent of one-man-one-vote.

The NDDC Chief Executive Officer harped on the need for a peaceful and successful election, stating that the process leading up to the elections was as important as the election itself.

Rivers State Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Oliver Wolugbom, said that a lot of things have changed in the electoral process, making it unnecessary to stick with the old habits of engaging in malpractices on election days.

The NOA director said that the theme of the workshop, Citizens Responsibility: Towards a Peaceful 2015 General Elections was very apt as “Nigerians need to have faith in their country and believe that they will get it right this time

Mr. Wolugbom also appealed to the civil society groups, especially those with international affiliations, to be patriotic and help the country to build strong institutions that would serve as proponents of growth and development.

Also speaking, the Executive Director, Projects at the Commission, Engr. Tuoyo Omatsuli, who was represented by a principal office in his office, Mrs Imoni Ahunwa, in an interview listed the benefits of the workshop saying that, there was no better time to do this than now hence the people and youths of the region would know that it is no longer business as usual.

Doctors Shun Strike, Join NDDC Free Health Mission

DoctorsDespite the nation-wide strike embarked upon by the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, since July 1, some doctors in Rivers State did not hesitate to participate in the free medical programme organized by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, in conjunction with Golspin Health Care Foundation at Asarama Health Center in Andoni Local Government Area of the state.

Flagging off the free health programme, the NDDC Managing Director, Bassey Dan-Abia, said that the programme was a gift from President Goodluck Jonathan to the rural communities in the Niger Delta.

Mr Dan-Abia, who was represented by the Rivers State representative on the Governing Board of the Commission, Ephraim Etete-Owoh, said that apart from bringing good health to the people, the agency was determined to change the face of the communities with development projects.

He appealed to the people to always support NDDC and cooperate with its contractors to ensure timely and satisfactory completion of projects in their communities. He also urged contractors working for the commission to deliver quality projects for the benefit of the people of the Niger Delta.

The Chief Medical Consultant and leader of the medical team, Professor Adelayo Ejele, commended the doctors who volunteered their services at a time most doctors were keeping away from government hospitals. He said that the Asarama community and their neigbours should be grateful to the NDDC for bringing the free health programme to their door-steps.

He revealed that 156 patients were screened for HIV/AIDS and only 2 persons were found to be positive. Fortunately, Ebola, he said, was not there yet. He prayed that it would never get to the region.

Speaking for the Asarama community, Chief Appolus Ewaye, noted that the health programme came at a time many people in the villages were finding it difficult to access healthcare facilities. He expressed appreciation to the NDDC for the programme.

The seven-day free medical programme, which has attracted thousands of patients in the area, would be rounded off on Saturday, August 23. Several communities in the nine Niger Delta states have benefited in the last one month.

A total of 1,479 cases were treated, including 21 surgeries, 108 dental cases and 365 laboratory investigations.

NDDC, Ex-Agitators Partner For Peace In Niger Delta

nddcIn furtherance of the Presidential Amnesty Programme for ex-agitators in Nigeria’s oil-producing communities, the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has initiated a partnership with key stakeholders to work out strategies for enduring peace in the region.

Speaking at a meeting with about 65 ex-agitators at the Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, the NDDC Managing Director, Barrister Bassey Dan-Abia, said that the quest for peace was in line with a critical component of the transformation agenda of the Federal Government, which underlines peace as a necessary condition for the success of its development programmes.

He noted that the possible development of the region could only be, if there was peace. Hence, the commission would not develop if they had to battle with kidnapping, sea piracy, pipeline vandalism and other similar vices.

He stressed that the time had come for all to sit down as one family, look inwards and open a new chapter for the development of the Niger Delta region.

Flanked by other board members, Dan-Abia applauded the ex-agitators for what he called their heroic efforts at drawing attention to the problems of the Niger Delta which informed the rapid development in the area.

The NDDC MD said that the commission had over the years been committed to so many programmes and projects, many of which were still on-going. Consequently, he said, the commission was now reviewing its strategy to ensure that on-going projects were completed on schedule as directed by President Goodluck Jonathan.

“I salute you as the leaders of the struggle and thank you for your courage and patriotism, which has drawn attention to the challenges of the region. Indeed, we at NDDC appreciate all your sacrifices that have put the Niger Delta in the front burner”, he said.

Making his contribution at the meeting, the leader of the Niger Delta Salvation Force, Asari Dokubo, noted that that the NDDC was set up basically to bring rapid development to the Niger Delta.

He stated, however, that development was not only about roads and bridges but should also take into account the building of human capacity.

Thanking the NDDC for bringing the ex-agitators together to map out plans for peace and progress, he called on the commission to strengthen its programmes for empowerment and capacity building in agriculture and skill acquisition in the technical sector.

He said: “We must develop the economic capacity of our people. We should not allow our people to be beggars in the midst of plenty. We need to produce the Dantatas and Dangotes of the Niger Delta”, he

Asari Dokubo also warned northerners who were suggesting that the NDDC should be scrapped to perish the thought, as they would not succeed.

He was apparently referring to a position paper being canvassed by some northern delegates at the on-going National Conference, calling for the scrapping of the amnesty programme, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the NDDC.

Also speaking at the meeting, the leader of the Peace and Development Initiative, Mr. Reuben Wilson, a.k.a General Pastor, assured the NDDC of the support of the former agitators, noting that the meeting was recognition of their role in the liberation of the Niger Delta.