FG Committed To Niger Delta Development – NDDC Boss
The Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Nsima Ekere, has reassured the people of Niger Delta region of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to the development of the region.
Ekere, who spoke yesterday in Uyo, during the inauguration of the Akwa Ibom State caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said it was clear that Buhari had the best interest of the region at heart from the steps he has taken so far to solve regional problems.
He pledged that the commission will work vigorously to bring sustainable development to the region and urged the people of Akwa Ibom State to support the Buhari Administration which, he said, was working tirelessly to address the economic problems of the country.
The NDDC boss lauded the quality of the APC caucus members, particularly the caucus Chairman, Atuekong Don Etiebet, who he described as an experienced and dogged leader.
While commending the hard work and resilience of the party leadership and faithful, Ekere called for a greater synergy between them to enable increased grassroots’ mobilization.
Also speaking, the Managing Director of Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority, Mr. Umana Umana, expressed confidence that the caucus will strengthen and reposition the APC, describing its Chairman, Atuekong Etiebet, as an experienced and cerebral leader.
Umana recalled how the APC was robbed of victory in the last elections, but urged the party faithful to leave the past and plan for the future which, according to him, was certain.
He commended President Buhari for the appointment of Akwa Ibom indigenes, including himself, into positions of authority.
In his speech, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Affairs (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, solicited support for the Buhari-led administration which, he said, has done well for Akwa Ibom State in terms of appointments and projects, hinting that more appointments were underway.
Enang described as deceit and falsehood the claim by a group, Akwa Ibom Vanguard, that the Buhari Administration only budgeted N1.9 Billion for projects in the state, pointing out that the budgetary provision for the Calabar-Itu Road alone was over N6 Billion.
The presidential aide stated that the huge monthly allocation from the Federation Account was not being well-utilized by the State Government as it was not commensurate with the level of development in the state.