The new Acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, has charged the management and staff of the Commission to join her in a renewed drive to fast-track development in the Niger Delta region. To achieve this goal, she urged them to show more dedication and professionalism in the discharge of their duties.

Addressing management and staff of the Rivers State office in Port Harcourt, Mrs. Semenitari urged them to gird their loins for action as she had a limited time to meet the expectations of the Federal Government and the people of the region. She stated that as stakeholders in the Niger Delta project, they had a responsibility to work with a sense of purpose. “If we get it right here in the Niger Delta, we are getting it right for Nigeria,” she said.

The Acting Managing Director called on the staff to be determined more than ever before in discharging their duties, adding that her assignment was in acting capacity and she intended to do a good job of it. To achieve her objective, therefore, she said that everyone must be ready for sustained action.

Mrs. Semenitari urged the staff to always give honest and professional advice to the leadership of the Commission. She also called on staff to be above board in dealing with contractors and shun any form of corrupt practices. She said: “That road that you close your eyes to a sub-standard job done by a contractor may be the one where you or your loved ones may lose their lives. That hospital that you collude with people to frustrate may be the one that would have saved your life.”

The NDDC boss further stated: “Some of the things I saw during my inspection of projects in the state saddened me. Contractors must not be allowed to get away with poorly executed jobs. The ones that are doing well give one some hope and I must say that, so far, I have seen more good ones than the bad ones. Let us all work together to make things happen.”

Speaking earlier, the NDDC Director of the Rivers State office, Mr. Marcel Echiogu, informed the Acting MD that the commission was handling 1,510 projects in different parts of the state, with 238 of the projects already completed and ready to be commissioned. He said that 2 electricity sub-stations and two blocks of 52-room modern hostels at the Federal College of Education, Technical Omoku in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area were waiting for inauguration.

He appealed to the Acting Managing Director to approve the release of more vehicles for the project monitoring unit to enable the Commission’s Engineers perform their functions effectively, noting that it would help to keep contractors in check.

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