House of Representatives Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has called for urgent review and implementation of the Niger Delta master plan for general development and welfare of the people of the region.
Chairman of the committee, Hon Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, who made the call on Friday when he led his members on an oversight visit to the NDDC’s headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, also canvassed a comprehensive amendment of the NDDC Establishment Act to rework its activities.
Tunji-Ojo however clarified that only a sub-section of the NDDC Act should be amended in order to avoid public queries and make the exercise to be in compliance with global best practices ensuring better effectiveness in service delivery.
He said that the NDDC must deliver on its mandate as a development-driven intervention body for communities in the nine oil-producing states of the Niger Delta region, assuring that the required legislative oversights for that purpose will be carried out from time to time.
The committee chairman added that required appropriations will also be given by the National Assembly for needed project executions in the area.
According to him, the committee has resolved to work with the management team of NDDC and other critical stakeholders to resolve the lingering issue of abandoned projects confronting the commission by putting the required mechanism in place to stem the ugly trend.
This is as he admonished management of the agency to in line with the resolution of the federal lawmakers, award contracts to only contractors with required capacities on projects executions.
He said: “As a development-driven intervention body, abandoned projects shouldn’t be the results to give to the various communities or affected States  but completed and societal value-adding ones.”
In his remarks, the Sole Interim Administrator of NDDC, Effiong Okon Akwa said the canvassed position that only contractors with capacities should be awarded contracts and the suggested reviewing of the Commission’s master plan were good ideas.
Akwa also supported the need to amend the NDDC Establishment Act to ensure the appointment of competent and capable Director of Projects.
He however appealed to members of the House Committee on NDDC to forgive members of the Commission for wrongdoings of the past as he pleaded for a robust working relationship between the committee and management of the commission.

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