By Udeme Akpan
The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has signed two more Memoranda of Understanding, MOU, as part of the new management’s strategy and vision to drive sustainable development in the Niger Delta region.
The MOUs signed with Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta, PIND, and BudgIT Foundation, were follow-ups to similar ones signed on May 15, 2017, between the NDDC and Facility for Oil Sector Transparency and Reform in Nigeria, FOSTER, and the Market Development Project in the Niger Delta, MADE.
Speaking during the signing of the MOUs at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt, the NDDC Managing Director, Mr Nsim Ekere, stated that the NDDC Governing Board and Management were determined to establish the right institutions, partnerships and strategies imperative to bringing true development to the Niger Delta region.
The NDDC Chief Executive Officer said that the partnerships would reaffirm the collective commitment to building a better Niger Delta region.
He stated: “For us and the generations to which we must hand over a fitting bequest. A Niger Delta region that fulfils our expectations rewards our aspirations and renews our faith in Government and all other institutions of authority.”
Mr Ekere said that the partnership with PIND, a Chevron and USAID-funded non-governmental organization, would assist the NDDC in “building peace, resolving conflicts, building capacity and providing the enabling environment for sustainable living in the region.”
He declared: “The Governing Board and Management of the Commission has approved the collaboration which will make it sustainable for the continuous professional development of the Commission and the socio- economic regeneration of the Niger Delta region.
“In very clear and unambiguous terms, this Commission is mandated to develop our people and the region. In the execution of that challenging and unenviable task, management, in collaboration with the board, is at liberty to enable a pragmatic vision of regional development, roll out strategies and tactics for execution of that vision and harness both internal and external metrics that would facilitate its optimal actualization. This collaboration with PIND is in line with our mandate.”
He highlighted the key objectives of the collaboration with PIND, which included, “Provision of technical assistance to the Commission in strategy development, monitoring and evaluation, partnerships and stakeholder management; Human and institutional capacity building/utilization, to improve productivity and service delivery in the Commission.”