Sunday, 16 April 2017

Opinion: NDDC- A closer look at visions'


Shedrack Umenze sent in this story. 

The NDDC in a recent press statement responded to allegations of marginalization by certain ethnic factions within the region.

It reads in part:

Recently, the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, published a list of 375 infrastructural projects in three national newspapers, as well as on the Commission’s website, as part of an ongoing process to implement the 2016 NDDC Budget, which the present Governing Board and Management inherited.

Since that publication, it has come to our attention that a few ethnic nationalities have raised concerns about the list of projects advertised. While we understand and appreciate these concerns, the Commission wishes to state, categorically, that there is no attempt to exclude any ethnic group, area or community from its developmental initiatives.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Commission is in the process of advertising additional projects, which contains projects in these areas, particularly in Delta, Ondo, Cross River and other affected states. This publication will be made as soon as all necessary checks are concluded to avoid incidences of project duplication with other agencies. 

"While we understand and appreciate these concerns, the Commission wishes to state, categorically, that there is no attempt to exclude any ethnic group, area or community from its developmental initiatives"

In a recent event at the capital city of Ondo State, the chairman, Governing Board of NDDC Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba SAN said,

"We are thinking of constructing a major road in each State of the Niger Delta to link the region together, we are thinking of developing a broadband network to deepen the broadband penetration in the region and finally, we are also going to establish a Niger Delta Development Bank in the region to help in fast tracking development in the entire Niger Delta" 

We are co-partners with each Niger Delta state government and not competitors He added

As a concerned niger deltan, certain posers have plagued my mind for a while now.

They are:

1. On the 'NDDC corruption branded image' has anything been done by the new board to checkmate further occurrence?

2. Have they taken any new step outside what they met on ground ?

3. If no, why these agitations by various political elements in an attention-seeking venture?

4. If the new board is not given time to work, how then can they satisfy all interest of stakeholders in the upcoming 2017 budget?

It is my firm opinion that all Nigerians should trust the change process and be positive and not maintain the age long confrontational approach to things.

It is only a fool that will continue to do a thing in a particular way and expect a different result.

I remain Shedrack Umenze and I question issues before arriving at an opinion.

Allow the new NDDC board to work!

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