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Akpabio asks NDDC to decentralise activities

UYO—Akwa Ibom Governor, Chief Godswill  Akpabio has charged Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to decentralize its activities to ensure justice and even spread of amenities among the benefiting states. 

Akpabio who gave the charge, when NDDC Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Chibuzor Ugwoha, led a high-powered delegation to pay him a courtesy visit at Governor’s Lodge, Uyo, said by so doing, the commission would be able to positively touch lives of people in the Niger Delta region. He  challenged the body to spread its work in terms of development projects and selection of persons for its human capacity programmes.

“Your Head Office should not advertise vacancies but should send such to your different offices in the states to advertise in the local  dailies to enable interested people to fully take part as a way of ensuring even spread of vacancies,” the Governor noted.

He regretted a situation whereby subordinating staff instead of focusing on the organizational goal would load contract jobs and employment for their relations in the states and families at the detriment of other people, adding:

“Unfortunately, Nigeria is yet to imbibe the culture of servant leadership. You could have lofty ideas but your junior staff load jobs and employment for their states and families.”

Akpabio commended NDDC management for doing a lot in terms of human capacity development and pledged to partner with the commission in the execution of programmes to enhance meaningful development of the states.

On the NDDC standard, the Governor said it was sad that the commission did not have a standard before now, and expressed disappointment at the standard of jobs particularly roads done by mostly indigenous contractors, attributing this to weak foundation laid.

He stressed the need for the commission to provide enduring infrastructure particularly roads in Niger Delta due to the peculiar nature of roads, noting “I am not against giving jobs to indigenous contractors in the name of empowerment but you have to give the jobs to them depending on their technical expertise. A five-star infrastructure must be handled by a five-star contractor. Initiate and complete projects.

“Let’s set quality and standard. Let’s change the attitude of our people. We require enduring infrastructure and must sustain them. You must establish a standard now. In Akwa Ibom, we have set a standard. We provide red roofs in all renovated primary schools as well as use stone-base instead of  bitumen and asphalt in construction of roads.”

Mr. Ugwoha said since their swearing on August 6, last year, Akwa Ibom was the first of the NDDC states they have visited to thank the governor who was one  of the persons who played a mediatory role in a rift that rocked the commission.

The NDDC boss explained that the commission is an intervention agency that has executed 45 mega projects valued at N180 billion in the commission’s states including Akwa Ibom State, assuring that the commission would pursue started and inherited projects to a logical conclusion.


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