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Gov Emmanuel Demands Peace In NDDC

Gov. Udom Emmanuel has sued factional groups and organisations seeking interest in the management structures of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to give peace a chance. Emmanuel made the call during a courtesy visit on him by the management team of the NDDC, led by its interim sole administrator and chief executive officer, CEO, Mr. Effiong Akwa, which took place at Government House, Uyo, Thursday. Emmanuel said an agreement to sheath swords would restore the confidence and credibility of the NDDC among the stakeholders while also allowing the welcoming of fresh collaborations with state governments of the Niger Delta region, stressing that the realisation of the full benefits of the NDDC lie in the resolve of groups to engage in meaningful discussions. The governor appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for the courage to appoint an Akwa Ibom indigene to see the continuation of development in the Niger Delta region through the NDDC, advising Akwa to set aside political party sentiments and constantly synergize with the governors of member states and stakeholders in the Niger Delta region for progress. He emphasised that the administration of the respective Niger Delta states desire the partnership and intervention of the NDDC in the implementation of projects and programmes, acknowledging the gesture of the NDDC in the donation of six waste disposal trucks, a marine boat, fire fighting gears and several receptacles to sustain environmental sanitation of the state. The state chief executive officer reminded the NDDC to revisit the $20 million worth Ikot Abasi-Ekparakwa -Aba electricity transmission line and other similar projects awarded for construction, hinting that the completion of the respective projects would aid the completion agenda of the Akwa Ibom administration. Akwa said that the visit was part of the many engagement meetings with major stakeholders and groups on the new face of the NDDC, expressing gratitude to Emmanuel for the warm reception accorded him despite the short notice. He remarked that the team was committed to working with the Presidency to justify the creation of the NDDC by setting out plans to inaugurate the NDDC headquarters at Marine Base, Port Harcourt on Thursday, February 25, 2020, stressing that the NDDC has ruled out the era of embarking on projects without collaboration and integration of development plans and programmes of state governments as well as communities. The NDDC sole administrator said Akwa Ibom occupies a strategic role in the Niger Delta region with structures to offer stronger alliance for development, describing the visit as homecoming. He acknowledged that the ingenuity of Governor Emmanuel in development was a pride to the Niger Delta region through ongoing industrialization drive and commitment to carving out quality services in Ibom Airlines, announcing a donation of six waste disposal trucks, a marine boat, fire fighting gears and several receptacles to support efforts in waste management.

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