Niger Delta: NDDC, US to partner on sustainable development

The United States Consulate in Nigeria says it will continue to discuss and work with the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to strengthen collaboration on strategies to improve peace and security to facilitate the sustainable development of the Niger Delta region.

This was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the NDDC’s Director, Corporate Affairs, Dr Ibitoye Abosede and made available to theportcitynews.com.

Speaking during a courtesy visit to the NDDC management at the commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt, the Political and Economic Consul, Mr Osman Tat, who represented the United States Consul General in Lagos, F. John Bray, said one of the primary goals of the US mission was to support Nigeria’s economic development.

The American delegation had earlier held a strategy meeting with the NDDC Managing Director, Mr Nsima Ekere and the chairman of its Governing Board, Senator Victor Ndoma- Egba (SAN), on plans to drive the regional development process.

The US envoy said the meeting with the NDDC leadership was part of the regular consultations undertaken by the US Consulate in Lagos and the Embassy in Abuja.

According to him, the Consulate recognised the fact that NDDC had a large number of projects spread across the nine states of the oil-producing region of Nigeria.

Osman Tat observed that it was important to consult with the Board and Management of NDDC in order to get a sense of how the projects were being executed to develop the region.

He said: “We have looked at several projects being executed by the NDDC and the ones they intend to undertake in the future.

“We have had a fruitful discussion with the NDDC on projects implementation and we are interested in seeing that the projects and development activities are well executed for the benefit of the people of the Niger Delta.”

In his remarks, the NDDC chairman, Senator Ndoma-Egba said the commission was at the heart of the Niger Delta, noting that the commission had the mandate to develop the region by engaging key stakeholders.

He emphasised the need for an enduring peace in the Niger Delta region, stating that security was critical for development and growth.

“We are only interested in ensuring that there is a peaceful atmosphere in the Niger Delta region. And the only way we can achieve that is by bringing projects and development to the region,” he said.