The Interim Sole Administrator of Niger Delta Commission (NDDC) Hon Efiong Akwa has said the key to sustainable development of the Niger Delta Region lies in Harnessing Positive Energies within the Region.
He said this during the ” Niger Delta Small and Medium Scale Enterprise Summit 2021″ which held at Aztec Acriun Port Harcourt, organized by the Niger Delta Young Professionals Forum and co-sponsored by NDDC.
Akwa in his speech said ” In that interval of over sixty years, the Niger Delta has witnessed many intervention programmes and innumerable workshops, summits and communiques, each designed to address the rampart poverty, disease, broken social and physical infrastructure prevalent in the region. In human growth terms, and this is not funny, the efforts to address, in a fundamental and far-reaching manner, the tragic underdevelopment of the Niger Delta, ought to be, at 64 years, a grandparent by now.
He further said “It can be said, and with good reason, that NDDC has not duly fulfilled its mandate, some twenty years after its establishment. ” Without question, the Niger Delta region is rich in oil and gas wealth. But her greater wealth lies, I believe, in agriculture, where the people are predominantly farmers and fishermen.
Another important step open to stakeholders is for the region to revisit and renew conversations around revitalising the Niger Delta Master Plan, so that regional development would be captured within a shared plan. This will not only ensure that the resolutions reached here will transform into the necessary next steps that will usher the Niger Delta of our collective dreams, it will also ensure that we work with one integrated and indivisible vision and purpose.
He finally thanked the organizers for putting together this timely summit, and promised that NDDC will do all they can to support Small, and Medium Scale Enterprise to ensure the economy of the region is diversified.
No Bench Warrant against NDDC Interim Administrator – Senator Nwaoboshi
… Says money allocated for new NDDC Hdqs well uilitised
Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, has refuted reports that the Senate issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the Interim Administrator of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr. Efiong Akwa.
Senator Nwaboshi, who was speaking during the oversight visit of the Senate Committee at the new NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt, described the reports as untrue, saying that he was reliably informed that no such order was issued.
“The Interim Administrator has been reaching out, communicating and discussing with the Senate,” he stated, adding: “He opened discussions with us. We are happy that he accepted that there is need for cooperation and collaboration for Niger Delta to move forward.”
The Senate Committee chairman, however, disclosed that the Senate was still investigating the issues connected with the NDDC COVID-19 palliative funds, adding: “We are aware that the NDDC Interim Administrator was not part of the NDDC leadership team at the time.”
He stated that the NDDC boss was appointed Acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the Commission in August, 2020, “a month after the National Assembly began probing the matter. He was not a party to any of the transactions on the palliatives.”
Sen. Nwaoboshi also expressed delight over the completion of the NDDC permanent headquarters, noting that the Committee had appropriated N16 billion for the completion of the headquarters building.
He stated: “We are happy to sit at the headquarters today. We have come to see how the money has been used in executing the project. We want to know whether the money has been well uilitised. And I want to state that we are happy with what we have seen. The money has been well utilised.”
Welcoming members of the Senate Committee, to the NDDC permanent headquarters, Mr. Akwa commended the Committee for their unflinching support for the NDDC, noting that the support was critical for the development and progress of the Niger Delta region.
Akwa said: “For about a year we had misunderstanding with some members of the National Assembly. The members are noble men and they had to bend backwards to bury the hatchet in the interest of the region. When I went to the joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives to defend the 2020 budget, they cooperated with us. I assured them that we will insist on doing the right thing at the NDDC.”
The Interim Administrator later took members of the Senate Committee on a tour of the newly completed headquarters complex.
BREAKING: Buhari Appoints Bawa As New EFCC Boss
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Abdulrasheed Bawa as substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, announced this in a statement on Tuesday.
According to the statement, his appointment is subject to the confirmation of the Senate.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Senate to confirm Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“In a letter to President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, the President said he was acting in accordance with Paragraph 2(3) of Part1, CAP E1 of EFCC Act 2004.
“Bawa, 40, is a trained EFCC investigator with vast experience in the investigation and prosecution of Advance Fee Fraud cases, official corruption, bank fraud, money laundering, and other economic crimes.
“He has undergone several specialized trainings in different parts of the world, and was one of the pioneer EFCC Cadet Officers in 2005. Bawa holds a B.Sc degree in Economics, and Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy,” the statement said
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