By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€”NIGER Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has appealed to militants in the Niger Delta to embrace the amnesty offered by the Federal Government.
Acting Managing Director of the Commission, Mr. Power Aginighan, who made the appeal yesterday in Port Harcourt during the commissioning of a health centre built and furnished by the Commission for Tereama community, Port Harcourt, said militants should see the amnesty offer as an opportunity to be properly reintegrated into society, so they could also be active players in the drive to developÂ the region.
Aginighan, who blamed some of the conflicts and tension in the region on the failure of some firms operating in the region to effectively discharge their social responsibility to their host communities, said as an institution, the NDDC was ready to go into meaningful partnership for the development of the area.
He charged the firms, particularly the oil companies, to be alive to their social and corporate responsibilities to their host communities, just as he assured that the commission would provide personnel to run the health centre until the government took it over.
He reminded the people that it was mainly the duty of the local government to manage health centres in the country while hospitals were that of the state government.
Aghinighan explained that the NDDC offered to run the place until government was set to take over so that it was not locked.
â€The NDDC management will provide some level of service after the commissioning until the government takes it over. We expect that performing governor Amaechi will take it over and run it for the benefit of the people.â€
Aginighan said the commission did not embark on the project to compete with Rivers state government, but merely complement its effort.
He also appealed for this kind of partnership and understanding from all stakeholders in the region.
In their separate speeches, His Royal Highness Emmanuel I.T. Obudibo V, the Amayenabo of Ogoloma town and the youth president, Tereama youth, Mr. Grandee Wokomo, graciously thanked NDDC for the project.
The youth leader also used the occasion to appeal for youths of the area to be absolved into the commissionâ€™s skill acquisition programmes for youths in the region.