From Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja
In order to ensure improved service delivery in the Niger Delta region, the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, has pledged to comply with the ideals of transparency, accountability, innovation and corporate governance.
In a communique issued at the end of a two-day management retreat in Abuja, the ministry resolved to: “Rededicate to and comply with the ideals of transparency, accountability, innovation and corporate governance for improved service delivery.
“To institute a framework for partnership with states and other stakeholders for joint need assessment, prioritization and project monitoring. This will speed up infrastructural development in the Niger Delta Region and avoid overlaps /duplication of efforts.
“Finalize the hamonization of all development plans (the Niger Delta Action Plan, Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan (NDRDMP), IOCs Plans and secure the concurrence of states and other development partners for effective implementation;
“Adopt collaboration and synergy as the bedrock of the oversight function of the MNDA in its relationship with the NDDC. Towards this end, a biannual management retreat is recommended to foster this relationship and by consequence improve service and project delivery.”
In the communique, the ministry also said it will have further engagements to re-orientate critical stakeholders in the region that peace building is necessary to consolidate the stability of the region.
“The carrying out of re-orientation advocacy to engender positive disposition to cooperation with Governments on development projects in the Niger Delta region is recommended,” the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs said.
The ministry further resolved to focus on mega infrastructure projects through the adoption of Public Private Partnership (PPP) as a major funding option to mobilize private sector resources and multilateral agencies which would create a robust economy that guarantees jobs and wealth creation.
The Ministry added that it will enthrone and comply strictly with the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, Public Service Rules and Procedures, as well as Financial Regulations in the operations of the agency and the Ministry.