Federal Government constitutes Niger Delta Development Advisory Committee for NDDC

..........inaugurates on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

President Muhammadu Buhari has constituted the Advisory Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The Committee is constituted in accordance with the provisions of Part III, Section 11 (2) of the NDDC Establishment ACT. (As Amended).

According to Section 11 (2) of the Act, the Advisory Committee is saddled with the responsibility of advising the Board and to monitor the activities of the Commission, with a view to achieving set objectives as well as to make rules regulating its own proceedings.

Membership of the Advisory Committee as provided in Part III, Section 11(1a) is comprised as follows:

Governors of the member States of the Commission (9States of the Niger Delta Region) and two Persons determined by the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria which in this circumstance are the Minister of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and Minister of Federal Ministry of Environment.

The Committee will be inaugurated by His Excellency, the President at the Council Chamber, State House, Abuja on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 11.00 am prompt.

Members are to be seated by 10.30am.

Patricia Deworitshe
Head (Press&PR)
08th March, 2020

Presidential Monitoring Committee to Reposition Niger Delta Master Plan

The Minister of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA) Sen. Godswill Akpabio CON has tasked members of the Presidential Monitoring Committee (PMC) to be ready to deliver on their mandate by keying into President Muhammadu Buhari's commitment of repositioning and refocusing the Niger Delta Commission (NDDC) in providing meaningful and lasting infrastructural development for the people of the Niger Delta Region.

Senator Akpabio who gave the charge during the inauguration of members of the Presidential Monitoring Committee in Abuja said it is a landmark effort on the part of Mr. President to address the gap in terms of government oversight of the operations of the NDDC that has been lacking over the years. We will supervise and control the activities of the Commission in ways that we will realize value for money.

The Minister said the Appointment and Inauguration of the PMC is in compliance with the provisions of the law as stated in part 6 sections 21 of the NDDC Act 2000 as Amended. Therefore, the PMC is a statutory body recognized by law.

According to the Minister, the Act empowers the PMC to not only monitor the management of funds allocated to the NDDC and implementation of its projects, but also grants the PMC access to the accounts and other records of the Commission while it is also expected to submit periodical reports to the President.

Speaking further, the former Governor of Akwa-lbom State said, the PMC has been saddled with a lot of responsibility; it is therefore obvious that the task before them is enormous but not unachievable. He urged members to ensure that the confidence repose in them is not misplaced.

'As a Ministry, we are conscious of the desires of President Muhammadu Buhari for the accelerated development of the Niger Delta Region as contained in the 2019-2023 Ministerial Mandate and scope of responsibility assigned to be achieved by the present management of the MNDA.

In specific terms, we have for real commenced the harmonization and implementation of the Niger Delta Action Plan and Niger Delta Regional Development Plan developed by NDDC and MNDA respectively to help achieve rapid socio- economic development' he said.

Akpabio disclosed that the NDDC headquarters which has been under construction in the last 23years will be completed and commissioned by President Buhari in April. He said the PMC will consider priority projects, in implementing developmental projects and also empowerment programs for youths and women. 'We must plan towards the Post- Amnesty Era of the Niger Delta Region and also Post -oil Era by training our people to acquire the necessary skills and engaging them in various Agricultural Programme.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary (PS), MNDA Mr. Olusade Adesola noted that the inauguration is in fulfillment of a long journey to the establishment of the PMC.

He said attempts have been made in the past to constitute the Committee but was not successful.

It took the doggedness of the Hon. Minister and his concern for the people of the region to ensure that the dividend of democracy is delivered to realize this feat.

In his reaction, the Acting Managing Director of NDDC, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei promise that the management team of the NDDC will give maximum support to the PMC.

He disclosed that the 2019 NDDC Budget will soon be passed and hopefully contractors who have done their job to specification will be paid when money is available. He noted that the NDDC is also under going some form of reorganization to strengthen it to function optimally.

Members of the PMC are, the Hon. Minister of MNDA, Sen. Godswill Akpabio - Chairman.

Hon. Minister of State, Sen. Tayo Alasoadura and Olusade Adesola (PS) as member. Other members drawn from other Ministries and Agencies include Aisha Umar (Finance) Mr. Shamsudin Bello (AOGF)Mr. Attanda kolawole, (Petroleum Resources) Mr. Charles lkeah (Environment) Dry Dorothy Nwodo (Humanitarian Affairs) Dr. M. K. Mohammed (Works & Housing) and Mr. Alfred Abah Member/Secretary.

Patricia Deworitshe,
Head (Press & Public Relations), 
27th February, 2020

Akpabio charges Stakeholders in the extractive industry to imbibe Human Rights

The Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA), Sen. (Dr.) Godwsill Obot Akpabio CON has urged Stakeholders operating in the extractive industry in the Niger Delta Region to embrace the Principles of Promoting Security and Human Rights in their business environments.

The Minister gave this advice during a meeting he held with the Embassy of Switzerland delegate members of Nigeria Working Group on Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs) on Tuesday in Abuja.

While commending members of the Working Group, Obong Akpabio noted that whether the principle is voluntary or not, it is necessary for all Stakeholders to imbibe the principle in order to promote security and Human Rights. “It is an initiative we need to support to ensure that they become part and parcel of our culture of doing business, particularly in the Extractive Industries operating in the Niger Delta region”, he said.

Still on the benefit of imbibing the principles of security and human rights, the Minister acknowledged that most conflicts experienced in the region are due to the high handedness of the Interventionist Agencies which tend to escalate the conflict. Sen. Akpabio observed that if good working ethics are taught to security personnel it will go a long way in reducing conflicts in the region and Nigeria.

He advised the group to liaise with the National Security Adviser (NSA), the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Ministry of Justice, so that the principles can be fully embraced to promote peace and security.

The Permanent Secretary, Mr. Adesola Olusade, in his remarks stated that the Hon. Minister and management team of the Ministry have been working to ensure that the region strives in the atmosphere of peace and security to promote development in the region. Adding that with “the Minister’s passion for the principles of security and human rights, a representative from the Ministry will join the working group as a member”.

Earlier in his speech, Head of delegation of the Nigeria Working Group on Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, Mr. Babatunde Ajala, explained that the group which comprises of Governments, Nigeria Government Entities, Companies, Civil Society Organisations (CSO) etc is geared towards promoting the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human rights.

Mr. Ajala said the organization is a multi stakeholder initiative which has the objectives of ensuring that security arrangement of extractive industries respects human rights in their host communities, despite the security challenges they are encountering. “The whole essences is to admit the fact that security is needed for their operation, but it also recognizes that the security must be within the framework that would respect human rights”, he said.

According to Babatunde Ajala, the voluntary principles is aimed at ensuring that, when public security personnel are engaged, they are trained to ensure that their activities minimize the possibility of violating the rights of people which may result in community unrest. “If well implemented it is a collaborative framework to bring about peace, help the business environment and help the security situation while everybody is working together to address the issues”.

Deworitshe Patricia
Head (Press & PR)
25th February, 2020

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