Emmanuel commends new partnership initiative by NDDC – Nexus News

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has commended the leadership of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs for the new structure of development intended for the region, which seeks partnership and collaboration with governors of the Niger Delta Region.

Governor Emmanuel made this known during a courtesy visit to him by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Obong Umana Okon Umana at Government House, Uyo.

Establishing partnership with NDDC as an important success factor in the development of the region, he emphasized that without the Niger Delta Development Commission working hand in hand with the government of the Niger Delta Region, projects executed by the commission may not settle the peculiar needs of the people.

The governor said that once there is synergy between both parties, the purpose of bringing development to the people will be attained.

Complimenting the minister for his unending commitment to state-building over the years, Emmanuel portrayed Umana as a great son of Akwa Ibom State, who has made invaluable contributions in the state, leaving indelible achievements wherever he is assigned responsibilities. He called on the ministry and the NDDC to give Umana the required support and cooperation.

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“I really want to thank the Minister. He said the new structure of development in the Niger Delta region will be based on partnership and collaboration, and it is a critical factor towards the success and development of this region.”

Earlier in his comments, the minister, who was followed by his Minister of State, Sharon Ikeazor, Administrator of NDDC, Effiong Akwa, and other officials of NDDC, appreciated Emmanuel for accepting to host the National Council of Niger Delta (NCND), organized by the ministry and the NDDC. He applauded the governor for the massive transformation and life-touching projects in the state.

The minister disclosed that the ministry’s approach to the development of the Niger Delta region seeks partnership with governors of the region to guide the development process and work in sync to attain the desired results for the people.

“We are taking steps to ensure that we can change the future, if we cannot do much about the past, we have started a process of consulting with state governors before projects are embarked upon”.

“We are taking that seriously and we’ll ensure that the state government leads the way, guide the development process so that the NDDC as an interventionist agency can do better,” he added.

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