NDDC Will Be Fair To All Niger Delta States, Says Managing Director

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From Mfon Ekefre, Uyo
Governors in the South-South geo-political zone should expect equal and unbiased treatment from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) irrespective of their political affiliation, Managing Director, NDDC, Sir Bassey Dan Abia, has assured.
Dan Abia gave the assurance while addressing Traditional Rulers of the Oil Mineral Producing Communities in Nigeria (TROMPLON) during an interactive session with the monarchs.

He said the commission was a federal government agency that provides service to all states of the Niger Delta, hence it does not participate politics.

The NDDC chief, who stressed that the commission was focused on attracting development to the Niger Delta region acknowledged the role played by TROMPCON in the formation of the commission.

He said although NDDC was passing through difficult times in the area of funding, the commission will not shirk its responsibility of completing abandoned projects and initiating new ones in order to uplift the standard of living of the people.

Dan Abia added that since his assumption of office a year ago, he had been fair to all states in the Niger Delta region by transforming their areas and called for the cooperation of the youths and elders.

“I call on youths and elders of the Niger Delta to cooperate with the present federal administration to develop their areas. They should at all times shun violence but use dialogue and negotiations to drive home their points. Violence does not pay but turn developmental progress anti-clockwise,” he said.

In his response, the life patron of TROMPCON, Edidem Udo Ukpa said the group single-handedly fought for the establishment of the NDDC after the demise of the Oil Mineral Producing Development Commission (OMPADEC).

Ukpa, who is also the paramount ruler of ONNA Local Government Area, acknowledged the crucial role being played by Dan Abia in the development of the Niger Delta region.

Ukpa, whose address was read on his behalf by the paramount ruler of Ikot Abasi, Edidem Udo Joe Ntuk Obom, pledged his support and loyalty to NDDC, but called on the commission to pay more attention to the execution of projects in Akwa Ibom State to justify its position as the largest crude oil producer in Nigeria.

“We call on the NDDC not to forget Akwa Ibom as the largest producer of crude oil in Nigeria. We want to see projects that would bring succour to our people to compensate them for the ecological impact on their environment”, he said.

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