NDDC Projects To Be Driven By Community Needs – Ekere
The Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Nsima Ekere, has restated the commitment of the present leadership of the commission to ensure that its projects are driven more by community needs than any other consideration.
In an address to the Akwa Ibom phase of the stakeholders consultative engagement programme in Uyo on Wednesday, Mr. Ekere said with the determination of the commission’s leadership, it was incumbent on stakeholders at the community level to provide more accurate information about the specific needs across various sectors in their communities.
Represented by the Akwa Ibom State Representative in the commission, Mr. Samuel Frank, the NDDC boss also urged the stakeholders to stand alongside the commission to defend projects in their communities and to provide independent verification of project status within their communities, pointing out that the commission recently launched a project monitoring and information portal that enables stakeholders send pictures and status updates of projects-in-progress.
He equally charged the stakeholders to engage in post-implementation impact evaluation as recipients of the projects and programmes conceived and executed by the commission.
Mr. Ekere stated that the importance of stakeholder engagement was recently demonstrated by the Vice President during his peace tour of the region.
“The consultation produced a summary of the pressing challenges facing the stakeholders of the region and these issues are part of an action plan presently being put together by various government agencies for execution in their budgets. This is government at work driven by stakeholder activism,” he said.
Mr. Ekere warned against resorting to self-help by shutting oil wells and destroying pipelines and flow stations, stressing that such anti-progressive actions retard collective development.
“We have embarked on a lifelong journey of continuous engagement to improve our policies in response to stakeholder needs and to improve how we deliver services in response to these needs,” he said. “We should always persevere through all constraints facing us and resist the temptation to replace discourse with diatribe and destruction. Rather stakeholders should be united for the progressive development of the region.”