The Governing Board and Management of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, have signed up for robust and innovative strategies in a determined effort to deliver on the mandate of the commission as contained in its establishment Act of 2000. In a 12-point communique made available to newsmen at the end of a three-day retreat held at the Ibom Le Meridien Hotel, Uyo, in Akwa Ibom State, the NDDC leadership stated its zeal to transform the commission in order to achieve better service delivery and align with the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.
In the resolutions, jointly signed by the chairman of the NDDC board, Senator Bassey Ewa-Henshaw; the Managing Director, Sir (Barr.) Bassey Dan-Abia, as well as the two executive directors in the commission, the board and management agreed to actively seek the cooperation of other stakeholders to achieve the vision of the commission as encapsulated in the Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan.
They said that in-line with the recommendations of the Master Plan, NDDC would embark on medium and long-term planning beyond the annual budgeting exercise. The resolutions stated: "it is important to underline the fact that the master plan is a regional plan in which all stakeholders, including state and local governments and the NDDC are required to take ownership and play their part in the course of its implementation."
The NDDC board and management also stated that they "will initiate, build and strengthen partnerships with key stakeholder groups with the view to improving working relationships and cooperation with such organisations and institutions. The Public Private Partnership (PPP) mechanism will be explored to leverage NDDC's ability to undertake major/critical projects towards the delivery of its mandate."
The NDDC leadership team noted that some external constraints hinder the commission's efforts to effectively discharge its duties. "Some of the constraints pertain to compliance with provisions of the NDDC Act of 2000, Public Procurement Act of 2007, funding and issues surrounding the ownership of the Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan."
The resolutions further stated that there were internal challenges "which include weaknesses in the management systems and procedures; corruption, defects in the organizational structure, disconnect between staff performance and reward system; weak interface between head office and state offices; poor corporate communication culture and in-fighting within the commission."
They assured that the board and management would henceforth work harmoniously to ensure that all the internal constraints hampering effective service delivery were addressed, adding that staff would be adequately equipped to ensure that they discharged their responsibilities effectively.