NDDC Commissions New State Office for Rivers today
The new Rivers State Office complex of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, along Olu Obasanjo Road in Port Harcourt has been completed and will be commissioned today.
Speaking at a pre-commissioning inspection of the new office yesterday, the NDDC Acting Managing Director, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, said the built-to-purpose complex was the first to be completed as part of efforts to strengthen the presence of the Commission in all its mandate states.
According to Mrs. Semenitari, it was a big relief for the Commission to be able to move into its own property after 16 years of working from rented offices. “It is very gratifying, as it is one of the things we always wanted to do. Now, we will no longer be chased around by landlords. So, even when we don’t have money, we know that at least we can enter into our office space and sleep well. This is why it is such a good feat for us as a Commission.”
She added: “Of course more importantly is the fact that it is a purpose-built structure and our staff will be able to work in a better environment and also deliver better services to the people of the Niger Delta, especially in Rivers State that own the state office.”
The NDDC boss stated that the Commission would try to ensure that the other state offices across the region were constructed as quickly as possible for the comfort of staff in those offices as well. She said that the new Rivers Office would be a model for the other state offices with some modifications.
Mrs. Semenitari said that with the Rivers State office completed; work on the permanent headquarters of the Commission, also in Port Harcourt, would be stepped up. “We are going to speed that up a bit. It’s been a little slower than we would like but that’s been for several reasons. However, we are going to speed up the process there and we expect that very soon, we should also move into our own property at the headquarters.”
Taking the NDDC Chief Executive Officer round the new Rivers State office, the Acting Director, Project Monitoring and Supervision, Engr. Felix Aomreore, said that the building was on four floors with ample space for offices and a basement floor for archiving and car park.
He said that the building had provisions for several facilities, including a large reception hall, conference/multi-purpose hall for 250 people, staff canteen, sick bay and offices for drivers on the ground floor.
Engr. Aomreore explained that the state office building would accommodate about 120 staff, with unique office suites for the State Representative and the Director of the state office. He added that provisions were made for some Head Office Directorates, such as Commercial and Industrial Development; Agricultural and Youth.
The project consultant, Architect Michael Ukpeh, pointed out that Close Circuit Television, CCTV, cameras had been installed to capture activities on all corridors within the building and activities on the immediate vicinity of the building with a control point at the Security Office.
He noted that apart from two staircases, the building also had an elevator for ease of vertical circulation between the floors, adding that the cooling system was centrally controlled.