NDDC CHARGES STATE GOVERNMENTS TO MAINTAIN PROJECTS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
The NDDC has called on State Governments in the Niger Delta to establish a framework for maintenance of the Commission’s completed infrastructural projects in their states to ensure sustainable development in the region.
The Acting Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the NDDC, Mrs. Osato Iyasere Arenyeka, made the call when the Delta State Commissioner in charge of NDDC Affairs and BRACED Commission Liaison, Honourable Chris Onogba, paid her a courtesy call at the Commission’s corporate headquarters, Port Harcourt.
Mrs. Arenyeka disclosed that the NDDC will soon begin Commissioning completed projects such as roads, bridges and hospitals in the nine states and expressed hope that the state governments will manage them once they are handed over.
“If we have a water project, even if it’s a solar powered water project, there are components that need maintenance for it to run smoothly and serve the people. If we just leave it there, it means we have wasted time and resources and the community remains where it was,” she said.
The NDDC boss stated that the quarterly meetings of the Partnership For Sustainable Development (PSD) is being revived to provide a platform for stakeholders in the region to compare notes and streamline their budgets in benefiting communities to avoid wastage and duplications.
Mrs. Arenyeka however advised that technocrats should represent the states at PSD meetings for continuity, adding: “We have a mandate to develop the Niger Delta and we are focused on that mandate.”
Earlier, Hon. Chris Onogba informed the Acting MD/CEO that he was at the Commission to formally inform her of the creation by Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan of the liaison office to oversee the activities of the NDDC in the state.
He stated that the office was established primarily to synergise and work together with NDDC to ensure better delivery and sustainability of projects, create a conducive environment between NDDC and host communities, as well as help in monitoring the Commission’s ongoing projects in the state. He added that his office is to collate the desires and aspirations of the people on NDDC projects and programmes for presentation to the Commission.
Hon. Onogba promised that Delta State was prepared to host the Partnership for Sustainable Development (PSD) meeting in view of its importance to the overall development of the Niger Delta region.