A Non Governmental Organisation, NGO committed to the development and welfare of the Niger Delta region, the Niger Delta Network Advancement Programme, NDNAP has advocated for the strengthening of the NDDC to complement the federal government’s agenda for the zone.
NDNAP, a coalition of civil society groups crusading for the mitigation of problems of poverty, disaster and climate in the region, noted that the climate of insecurity hitherto prevalent in the region has been doused in the recent times.
The president of the group, Al Mustapher Edoho, in a statement in Uyo, he attributed the return of peace in Niger Delta to the NDDC’s pro-active steps and total commitment to the development plans of the region.
The statement, which was also endorsed by the Board of Trustees (BoT) member, Jubril Uwem Edukere expressed confidence in the leadership of the Managing Director, Sir. Bassey Dan Abia, saying his era has witnessed more development projects in the region.
While successive leaderships of the Commission could not effectively tackle the infrastructural problem of the region, Edoho noted that several abandoned projects have been completed during the current era.
Some of those projects he listed included network of roads, rural electrification, schools renovation, classrooms and hostel facilities in tertiary institutions, scholarships and empowerment for indigent students.
Besides, Edoho disclosed that the NDDC under Abia, has succeeded in erecting no fewer than 12 storey buildings, nine hostels facilities in universities in the region and completed a modern and befitting headquarters for the Commission.
“Before now, the NDDC used to be in a rented facility. Now, under the current managing director, the Commission will soon move to its permanent headquarters”, Edoho said, adding that the delay in relocating the agency to its permanent site was for the President to personally commission it.
Commending President Muhammadu Buhari for his smooth take-off as the fourth elected President since the return of democracy in 1999, the group enjoined Nigerians to support Buhari in his quest to fix Nigeria, instead of playing sycophancy and idle talks from the sideline.
“It is time for every concerned citizen of Nigeria to be part of the rebuilding process of Nigeria instead of offering baseless criticisms and other unguarded utterances from the sideline,” the group said.

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