From Peters Eze
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on the Niger
Delta Development Commission  (NDDC) to focus on the  development of
the region, instead of being involved  in partisan politics.

Speaking  on Friday  at the Government House, Port Harcourt when he
granted audience  to the Governing Board of the NDDC, Governor Wike
said it will be counterproductive if NDDC  continues to  operate  like
a political  party.

He noted that development  in the Niger Delta  has been  stunted
because of the politicisation  of the activities of NDDC, which makes
it difficult  for the commission to focus on its core mandate.

The governor  said that  the NDDC  is not a state, hence it must
subject itself to the laws of the states where it operates.

The governor  said: “NDDC is not a state.  Therefore, it should
respect  the laws of the states where it operates. NDDC  cannot wake
up and start projects without seeking the cooperation  of the host

“It is worrisome  that NDDC  is trying to politicise the execution of
projects and this  will not help the development  of the region.

The governor added: “NDDC  is not a political party.  For now, we are
talking about governance  and all efforts  must be geared towards  the
betterment of the people”.

Governor Wike explained  that the NDDC  needs the support and
cooperation of states to make meaningful  impact  in the Niger Delta.

He regretted  that the immediate  past NDDC  leadership  never related
with the Rivers State Government  on development issues.

The governor  urged the NDDC  Governing Board  to allow the Rivers
State Government  bear the cost of constructing  the joint hospital on
Women and Children with NDDC, after which the commission can effect a

He assured the NDDC  of the support of the Rivers State Government  in
the delivery  of  the development goals.

Picture 1: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (2nd R), Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission,NDDC, Mr Nsima Ekere(r), Chairman of NDDC Board, Senator Victor Ndoma Egba (2nd L) and Attorney-General of Rivers State, Emmanuel Aguma (SAN) during the visit of the NDDC Board to the governor at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Board of the NDDC, Senator Victor Ndoma
Egba informed that the new board will change the narrative  of the
NDDC  by making the commission functional and  responsive  to the
needs of the Niger Delta.

He said that  the NDDC  may have fallen short of the expectations  of
the people, pointing out that the new board  will strengthen  the
systems  and processes to ensure that NDDC  delivers on her mandate.

The NDDC Chairman  who was accompanied  by  the Managing Director, Mr
Nsima Ekere and other Board Members, said that all organs of the
commission will be activated, while Niger Delta State Governors will
be more involved  in the commission’s activities.

Highpoint  of the visit by the NDDC  Board  was the tour of ongoing
projects  in Government House.