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Stakeholders demand that the NDDC Act be amended

Stakeholders have encouraged the presidency to begin the process of revising the laws that established the Niger Delta Development Commission to reflect contemporary concerns and realities.

In a communique issued at the end of NDDC’s four-day Board-Management retreat at Ibom Icon and Golf Resort Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, stakeholders asked for the Niger Delta regional master plan to be revisited in order to offer a sustainable focus for the region.

To avoid conflicts of interest or duty, the statement also urged for a clear description of tasks and limitations for both the commission and the Niger Delta Ministry.

“The Presidency should commence the process of modifying the NDDC (Establishment) Act 2000 to bring it in line with current issues and realities,” the statement urged.

“The Niger Delta regional Masterplan should be revised and reviewed having expired in 2020, to offer sustainable focus for the region.

“Roles and responsibilities should be clearly defined in accordance with the Establishment Acts of both the Ministry and the Commission.”

The ideas, according to the statement, are aimed at ensuring that the NDDC Board fully understands its tasks, connection with the Ministry of Niger Delta, and public service provisions in conducting government business, as well as repositioning the commission for effective service delivery.

The stakeholders also advised the NDDC to emphasize critical sectors that would have a significant influence on people’s living standards, such as infrastructure, education, health, and agriculture.

It also recommended the commission to enter into Public Private Partnership agreements with state governments, Foreign Oil Companies (IOCs), and international donor agencies in order to carry out megaprojects for the region.

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