President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR

Newly-commissioned NDDC office complex is for overall development of Niger Delta: Buhari

*President Muhammadu Buhari says inauguration of the newly-completed Niger Delta Development Commission Office Complex marks an important milestone in development effort at repositioning the Commission for overall development of the Niger Delta region of Nigeria

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Twenty-five years after the project started, President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the newly-completed office complex for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

President Buhari, who conducted a virtual commissioning of the project Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Port Harcourt, Rivers States capital, restated his administration’s commitment to the development of the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

The President though was reported to have bemoaned the fact that it took well over two decades for the project which started before 1996 to be completed in the region, he commended Chief Godswill Akpabio, Honourable Minister for Niger Delta Affairs and former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, on excellent supervision of the commission thus far.

New NDDC Office Complex in Port Harcourt   Inset: Sen. Godswill Akpabio, Minister for Niger Delta Affairs  Photo: Channels TV

Buhari said: “Today marks an important milestone in our development effort to reposition the Niger Delta Development Commission for the overall development of the region. We are handing over a befitting complex for present and future use.

“As part of our administration’s effort to reposition the NDDC for greater service delivery for people of the region, I assigned the supervision of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs for administrative efficiency.”

He stated: “I also appointed forensic auditors to review operations of the Commission to ensure that appropriation made through the NNPC commensurate with what is on ground

“Let me commend Sen. Godswill Akpabio for providing excellent leadership which saw to the completion of this office complex.”

Earlier,  the supervising Minister for NDDC and Minister, Niger Delta Affairs, Sen Godswill Akpabio declared the milestone a demonstration of President Buhari’s love and commitment to the development of the Niger Delta region.

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