Friday, 12 May 2017 17:31

NDDC, NBA indispensable partners in promoting peace in Niger-Delta region- Ndoma-Egba

Per Second News------Confident of further advancement of partnership between the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC  and the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA,  the Chairman of the NDDC Governing Board, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN) US, said the commission's collaboration  with  the body is indispensable and will help in promoting peace, prosperity and stability in the region.

 

"The challenge of peace in the Niger Delta is a challenge of development because for us to have development in this region, which is urgently needed and very highly needed, we need to have peace. In achieving that peace we are ready to engage with everybody to ensure that peace returns to this region," Ndoma-Egba remarked.

 

Senator Ndoma-Egba said that the Federal Government had in the last few months demonstrated its desire to address the concerns in the Niger Delta. 

 

He commended the initiatives led by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who he said had shown a lot of new zeal by making several visits and promises.

 

According to him, the new initiatives were a demonstration of good faith on the part of President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to the people of the Niger Delta.

 

The NDDC board helmsman further noted that it would be difficult to develop the Niger Delta without an integrated plan. He said: "No region or country develops without a plan, so for the current board, the challenge is either to revalidate, or upgrade, or come up with a new master plan, because the indices used in the previous plan are no longer valid today."

 

He stated that the Niger Delta Regional Development Master plan, which was launched in 2007, with a life span of 15 years, was almost coming to an end. The carefully crafted master plan, he lamented, was abandoned almost as soon as it was launched.

 

Ndoma-Egba said: "We are determined to do the needful and fortunately we have received a lot of interests from partners, the European Union, the United States Government and the Government of Germany to support us in either revalidating, updating, upgrading or coming up with a new plan. But that plan is imperative if we must develop in a consistent and sustainable manner."

 

He restated the resolve of the NDDC Governing Board to return the Commission to its original mandate of "being a regional devolvement agency to create an integrated economy for the region," noting that the public perception of the Commission was not one of a regional development agency but one of a contract awarding factory.

 

According to the Senator, the focus of NDDC should be the integration of the Niger Delta region. He added: "We want to pull back from the old attitude of competition to a new one of cooperation with member states, because we need the cooperation of stakeholders if we must integrate the region. That is why one of the very first steps we took as a board was to request Mr. President and Commander-in-Chief to reconstitute key organs of the Commission, including the Niger Delta Advisory Committee and the Niger Delta Project Monitoring Committee.

 

"To achieve our new focus, we need to strengthen a number of things, we need to strengthen our processes and we need to strengthen our systems. We need to earn the trust of not only funding partners but also development partners both local and international. And to do so we must earn their respect. And to earn the respect we must be transparent in our operations."

 

Mr. Albert Akpomudje (SAN), the Chairman NBA Niger Delta Task Force, said the association could not fold it arms and watch while the Niger Delta region was being torn apart by crises.

 

 

 

 

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