We are Determined to Partner with States, NDDC Boss
The NDDC Interim Administrator, Mr Efiong Akwa, has declared that the Commission was determined to partner with the governors of the Niger Delta region towards Niger Delta development.
Mr. Akwa was speaking during a courtesy visit to the Rivers State Governor, at Government House Port Harcourt.
The NDDC boss who led a team of the Commission’s management, stated that he had made it a point of duty to reach out to critical stakeholders of the Niger Delta region in order to tap from their wealth of knowledge, as well as to brief them programmes and policies being implemented to ensure quick and impactful deliverables for the people of the Niger Delta region, “in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directives.”
Mr. Akwa congratulated Governor Wike for the infrastructural development in Rivers State which, he said, could only be achieved by someone who was focused, passionate and had the welfare of the people at heart.
He thanked the governor for the on-going dualisation of the Eastern By-pass Road where the newly completed NDDC head office is situated.
Akwa said: “The newly completed permanent head Office of the NDDC is now ready for commissioning after over 20 years of commencement of work. May we say, without mincing words that it is to Your Excellency’s credit that the NDDC permanent Head office project was smoothly completed due to the enabling environment provided by your exceptional leadership.
“It is important to point out that throughout the period that the Head Office was under construction, there was no hostility or disruption of the project by the host community.
“As a widely regarded project-oriented governor, we believe that the NDDC can do more in terms of deliverables for the people of Rivers state and the Niger Delta region in general by having a robust partnership with your government.”
The Interim Administrator said that the Commission had enjoyed a good working relationship with the government and people of Rivers state under the leadership of Governor Wike and promised to sustain the synergy.
Effiong Akwa, was the acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration in the NDDC will head the commission in acting capacity till completion of the forensic audit, a presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said in a statement posted on Twitter, in December.
Recall that a Federal High Court in Abuja issued an order restraining Kemebradikumo Pondei-led interim management from running the affairs of the commission.