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NDDC Boss, Joi Nunieh Promises To Ensure New Strategies To Develop The Niger-Delta Region.

Gbene Dr. Joi Nunieh.

The Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Gbene Dr. Joi Nunieh, has reiterated the Commission’s commitment to evolving new strategies for the development of the Niger Delta region.

She said this after a statement by the Presidency confirming her appointment and assured the Niger Delta region that NDDC will ensure speedy completion of all on-going projects in the zone.

Joi Nunieh expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari “for changing the narrative of the Niger Delta region through his development agenda for the oil-producing area and the opportunity given to the Interim Committee to serve the region.”

According to her, “I am sure this Committee will experience an exciting and fulfilling journey at the Niger Delta Development Commission. I want to commend the deep interest that Mr. President has shown in changing the narrative”, promising to engage leaders and stakeholders of the region by carrying them along in the commission’s activities while calling for innovative ideas that would forge the region ahead, and place it on the global map.

“As we face the scourge of reduced revenue from the combined effect of decline in global oil prices and the crippling economic sabotage of Nigeria’s oil production activities, NDDC would look into innovative and more efficient ways of executing its mandates,” she said and assured that the team would execute their mandate to the satisfaction of the Niger Delta region and the Nation, promising to take NDDC to the next level.

Continuing, the Acting MD of NDDC said, "We are here because Mr. President expects that the forensic audit should be done properly from 2001 to date. There will be no compromise and the people will know that a new team is here to work,” and under my watch, the commission would complete more than 50 per cent of abandoned projects, adding that the NDDC would carry out the mandate of President Buhari to complete all on-going projects in the region and positively impact on the lives of people in the rural areas.

She however expressed dissatisfaction with the situation at most of the sites visited by the team, noting that non-performance of some contractors justifies President Buhari’s order for a forensic audit of the NDDC.

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