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Niger Delta Ministry not interfering with NDDC – Minister

“Both institutions are special interventionist agencies of government established to promote even development, be it in human and infrastructure, empowerment, peace and order,” Dr. Oru…

“Both institutions are special interventionist agencies of government established to promote even development, be it in human and infrastructure, empowerment, peace and order,” Dr. Oru said in Port Harcourt on Tuesday during a familiarisation visit to the headquarters of the commission.
The minister, who was accompanied on the visit by directors of the ministry, said the ministry and the commission have agreed to collaborate and harmonise their efforts to accelerate the development of the region.
A statement by Salisu Na’inna Dambatta, spokesman for the ministry quoted the minister as saying:  “We must not be seen to be working at cross purposes. We must work in consultation, collaboration, in tandem, with one another and in partnership to fast track the even development of the region in line with the Transformation Agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.”
He said that the collaboration between the Ministry and the Commission will eliminate duplication of projects, minimise waste of resources and accelerate the development of the region.
Dr. Oru called for sharing of ideas and experiences between both sides, and pointed out that the Niger Delta region was no longer characterised by militancy, indolence, kidnapping, lawlessness and various acts of criminality.
In his remarks, Chairman of the NNDC Board of Governors, Senator Bassey Ewa Henshaw, agreed that collaboration and synergy between the commission and the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs would lead to greater and faster progress in the development of the Niger Delta region.
The minister disclosed that a mechanism to actualise the partnership between the two institutions was being developed by the two interventionist bodies.

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