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N’Delta stakeholders commends Buhari, backs Umana on IMC for NDDC


From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa

 

Elders, youth groups and stakeholders from the Niger Delta region have commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the appointment of Mr. Umana O. Umana as the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs.

 

According to the stakeholders, despite the huge challenges before the Ministry of the Niger Delta Affairs and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in particular, they are of the belief and confident that Mr. Umana O. Umana possesses the ability and capacity to preside and reposition the affairs of the ministry and the commission for the betterment of the region.

 

 

The Niger Delta Stakeholders, through its Secretary – General, Chief Anthony Loveday in statement expressed confidence in the ability of Umana to drive the development and empowerment of the people of the region.

 

 

He also called on the Minister to take sound decisions on various issues affecting the people of the region including the completion of the East-West road, the review of various infrastructural development projects in the nine states of the region and the proper repositioning of the NDDC.

 

According to him, the stakeholders are of the view that due to the few months left for the terminal date of the Buhari administration from office, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Umana. O. Umana should create a template on which the next administration will act upon resumption to immediately set up a substantive Board for the NDDC.

 

Chief Loveday however called on the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs to reason with President Buhari on the need to immediately constitute an Interim Management Committee to pilot the affairs of the NDDC pending the nomination of the substantive board by the next administration in less than a year.

 

He further advised that President Buhari and Umana should urgently constitute an interim management committee with new projects awarding powers to enable them pilot the affairs of the NDDC in order to facilitate the development of the region.

 

 

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