New NDDC Management Pledges Accountability, Transparency

The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has pledged to *embrace
accountability and transparency in its processes* to ensure that the
Commission effectively discharges its mandate of fast-tracking the
development of the Niger Delta region.*

Acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration, EDFA, Chief Ibanga
Bassey Etang, made this pledge during an inspection of one of the
Commission’s facilities in NDDC in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

Chief Etang said: “We must do what is right and it must be a departure from
the past. Whatever has been done wrong, must be corrected so that the
people of the Niger Delta region can have the reward for which the NDDC was
created.

“The Commission was created for a purpose and I want to assure Nigerians
and Niger Delta people, in particular, that the NDDC will do its best to
meet their expectations.”

Etang said that the three-man Interim Committee was grateful to President
Muhammadu Buhari for giving them the opportunity to serve Nigeria and the
people of the Niger Delta region, assuring that they will not fail. He
stated that the committee did not hesitate to hit the ground running,
“because there is a lot to do.”

The Acting Executive Director Finance and Administration told newsmen that
the new management was notified that some facilities belonging to the NDDC
were vandalized, declaring that culprits would be handed over to the
security agencies. He warned that those with intentions to illegally remove
the commission’s properties should desist “or be prepared to face the law.”

Etang expressed regret over the condition of the former Managing Director’s
guest house, adding: “We are here for the inspection of facilities. We have
so many facilities and we have discovered something here that requires
attention and that is why we are here with security personnel as well. You
can see the property has been vandalized and a lot of the items have been
taken away.”

He added: “We also want to send a message that anybody or group of persons
who have organized themselves to cart away NDDC property should stop and
the ones that have been taken must be returned because the commission will
stop at nothing to ensure that those properties are returned.”

*Charles Obi Odili*

Director, Corporate Affairs.

November 1, 2019.

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