Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Dr Samuel Ogbuku, has assured the people of the Niger Delta region that they will experience something new and different in the coming weeks and months.
He said the new leadership of the NDDC was going to make a difference in the lives of the people.
Ogbuku spoke during a live interview on the Arise News Television News Night programme, which was monitored and relayed in a statement issued by the NDDC Director, Corporate Affairs, Dr Ibitoye Abosede, and made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt.
The statement read, “As an interventionist agency, we will be executing projects that connect states in the region and impact the lives of the people. We will focus on legacy projects. We will interface with the state governments, and I can assure you that we will only carry out projects that will positively affect the lives of the people of the Niger Delta region.”
Reacting to what he described as “the perceived failure of the NDDC,” Ogbuku urged Niger Delta stakeholders to give the new board time to unfold its agenda.
According to him, “We have a team that means business. We are all going to integrate our visions to ensure that whatever we are doing is for the development of the Niger Delta region. Right now, we have the forensic audit report. We have requested a copy, which we will study and incorporate into our vision.”
He stated that stakeholders from different ethnic groups in the Niger Delta region would have nothing to worry about, as their interests would be accommodated in the activities of the commission.
The NDDC boss stressed that, henceforth, the commission would only engage companies that can deliver quality jobs.
Ogbuku noted, however, that Niger Deltans with the capacity to meet the commission’s standards would not be neglected, adding, “We don’t want the Niger Delta people to be spectators in the development process.”
He stated that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had directed that the funds being expected by the NDDC be committed to specific projects and awarded to competent contractors.