By Charles Kumolu
IGBOKODAâ€”THE Commisioner representing Ondo State on the board of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Rev Benson Enikuomehin, has disclosed that the Commission had set up a monitoring and evaluation committee to ensure that developmental programmes in the stateâ€™s oil producing communities achieved the desired results.
He also noted that most challenges in Ilaje and Ese-Odo local government areas of the state would be surmounted during his tenure.
Enikuomehin, who disclosed this to Vanguard at a two-day stakeholders conference at Igbokoda, headquarters of Ilaje local government area,Â called on the communities to support NDCC in bringing holistic development to the area.
According to him, â€œone of the committee that we are going to set up todayÂ will be committee on monitoring and evaluation. What the committee will do is primarily to ascertain whether we are on the right track. It will monitor whether what we are doing is having the desired result or not. The programme of today is geared toward the three and half years I have as tenure. It’s not going to be all-embracing for five years. It is for my tenure as NDDC Commissioner representing Ondo State on the board.
â€œWhat we are talking about is how we can pilot the affairs of this oil producing region within this time frame. From there, other things can come in. It is strictly to tackle the challenges facing Ilaje and Ese Odo oil producing local government areas in this state. We are doing these things in order to come up with a blueprint which other commissioners after my tenure can work on. Talking and talking will not solve the problems we are facing, but we can’t stop talking.â€
He stated that NDDCâ€™s currentÂ Â plans for Ondo oil producing areas was different from the federal governmentâ€™s amnesty package.