New managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Ibim Seminitari yesterday pledged her commitment to the development of the region.
Speaking at a brief handover ceremony, the former Commissioner for Information and Communication in the immediate past administration of Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State noted that, having a good knowledge of the challenges of the region through her years of work, and following events in the region, it was now time for her to contribute her quota to its development.
“I am a daughter of the region; so I have the responsibility to the region. In all of my working life I have agitated for a better life for the Niger Delta because I am a firm believer in the fact that the goose that lays the golden eggs will have a right to benefit therefrom.
“In all of my working life as a journalist I had made it my responsibility to expose the ills that have bedevilled the region,” she stated
Mrs Semenitari noted: “I have a clear understanding of what the issues are; and as a reporter, I had covered matters in the NDDC and I was there the first day; I was there at the launching of the commission’s master plan. I did stories about it, and so I have in-depth knowledge of what the NDDC ought to be.
“I have followed events not just as a journalist but as somebody who has worked in this region; and so I understand what their challenges are. It is now time for me to do my part,” she stated.
She solicited the cooperation of the board, management and staff of the commission to succeed in her assignment, and urged them to join hands with her in the task ahead.
“I know that together we will ensure that we fulfill the mandate of this commission,” she told the management of the commission.
She congratulated the outgoing managing director, Bassey Dan-Abia, for the enormous work he did in the NDDC, saying, “I have followed all of the commissioning and all of the things that had been going on, and I think he has done tremendous work for which indeed we must commend him. I will certainly go on to take over from where he stopped. I wish I can fit into his shoes but I will try.”

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