By Emma Amaize
PORT-HARCOURTâ€”ACTING Managing Director of the Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Pastor Power Aginighan, has said the commission executed 2,760 projects in states under its authority since inception eight years ago.
He stated this in his office in Port-Harcourt while playing host to a delegation of the Izon â€“Ebe Community Task Force, led by its chairman, Alaowei Afro Bikukeme, which paid him a courtesy visit.
He explained that the NDDC master plan for the region was a product of extensive consultations, involving the nine oil-producing states, the commission and the federal government and was designed to check incidence of wasteful duplication of projects.
Aghinighan said he would do everything to sustain and improve on projectsâ€™ delivery by the commission.
Speaking earlier, the chairman ofÂ Izon-Ebe Community Task Force, Chief Alaowei Afro Biukeme,Â urged oil producing communities and other stakeholders to partner with the commission to sustain growth in the region.
Chief Buikeme called for the co-operation of all to realize the objectives of the NDDC, pointing out that only collaborative efforts with the NDDC by stakeholders would bring the needed development to the region.
He commended Pastor Aginighan for his performance so far at NDDC towards meeting the needs of the Niger Delta.
Also speaking, a constitutional Lawyer, Barrister Omemiroro Ogedegbe, appealed to the NDDC leader to prevail on the Presidency to open up the creeks for displaced persons affected in the recent Gbaramatu crisis to pick up the pieces of their lives.
He thanked the federal and the state governments as well as other bodies for providing relief materials to the people.
He also commended the committee set up by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to take charge of the Gbaramatu displaced people and urged all relevant bodies to expedite action on the rehabilitation process.