The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has assured its contractors
and consultants that henceforth their payments will be paid promptly
without unnecessary bureaucratic bottlenecks.

The NDDC Acting Executive Director Finance and Administration, EDFA, Mr.
Chris Amadi, gave the assurance when he paid a courtesy visit to the palace
of Eze Apara Rebisi of Port Harcourt, Eze Victor Woluchem XII.

Mr. Amadi affirmed that the NDDC director of finance had been charged to
ensure that a more efficient process was applied in paying for projects and
meeting contractor obligations.

He said: “In a couple of days, we are going to start payment to contractors
owed between N20million and below. There will be no need for contractors
and consultants to come to the NDDC before they can get their payments.
They can simply stay in their homes or offices and give us the necessary

The executive director said that the new management had resolved to fully
discharge the NDDC mandate and intervene in specific projects that would
impact on the lives of the majority of the people. “We want to right some
wrongs and ensure that never again will our people suffer in the midst of
plenty,” he said.

According to Mr. Amadi, “Ikwere people are a dominant ethnic group in
Rivers State. From available statistics Ikwere has over 55 per cent of the
voting population of the state.” He regretted that the ethnic group, with
high political sensitivities, never had an opportunity to be in the board
or executive level of the NDDC, even from the days of the Oil Mineral
Producing Areas Development Commission, OMPADEC.

He stated further: “My appointment means a lot to the Ikwere people. They
are very happy and I am also happy and humbled. We are very grateful to our
leader, Rt. Hon Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, for finding me worthy of
recommendation to President Muhammadu Buhari for this appointment.”

Eze Woluchem, received the NDDC Executive Director Finance and
Administration in the company of Nyenwali Isiokpo, Eze Blessing Nwagor and
Nyenweli Akpor, Eze Aniele Orlu-Iriebe.

The Port Harcourt monarch congratulated Mr Amadi on his appointment,
describing it as breaking the glass ceiling for Ikwere people. He noted:
“As the landlord of the NDDC headquarters, I have been pained in the past
because Ikwerre is the dominant ethnic group in Rivers state and we have
several oil wells. I don’t know why it took so long to have an Ikwerre son
in the executive management of NDDC.”

In his own remarks, Eze Aniele Orlu-Iriebe, urged Ikwerre people to set
politics aside and support their son. He advised the NDDC to adopt a bottom
up approach to development so that communities would feel obliged to own
the projects executed for them, adding that the Commission should shun the
practice of abandoning projects.

Earlier, the Ikwere Chiefs and Elders Forum had gathered at a reception for
the NDDC Executive Director Finance and Administration at the Autograph
Event centre in Port Harcourt.

The Chairman of the forum, Chief Sonny Dike, thanked President Buhari and
the Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi for elevating their son to an
executive position in NDDC. He appealed to Ikwere people to support their
brother to succeed, stating that “no one succeeds without the advice of

*Ibitoye Abosede, Ph.D*

Director, Corporate Affairs

February 5, 2019.

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