NDDC partners NLNG on sustainable development of Niger Delta region

Managing Director of The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr Samuel Ogbuku (right), presenting a plaque to the General Manager, External Relations & Sustainable Development, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), Mr Andy Odey, (left) during a courtesy visit at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt. In the middle is the NDDC Executive Director, Finance & Administration, Maj-Gen. Charles Airhiavbere (Rtd).

By BARBARA KALU, Port Harcourt –

As part of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) which it adopted  as its core policy to drive the development of the Niger Delta region, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), is to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), in furtherance of efforts to drive sustainable development in the oil-rich region.

Managing Director of the NDDC, Dr Samuel Ogbuku, who spoke at the Commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt when a delegation from the NLNG paid a courtesy call on him  said “we decided to adopt the PPP model to provide alternative sources of funding for key development projects and programmes.”

Ogbuku said that the NDDC had have received a copy of  the proposed MoU from the NLNG and was looking at it, adding, ” we will look at the details of your MoU. We believe that development is the practical tool for maintaining peace in the Niger Delta region.”

“Because we know that partnerships are one of the major ways to achieve the development of the Niger Delta region. One of our successful partnerships is the partnership between the NDDC and the Shell Petroleum Development Corporation to build the Ogbia-Nembe Road in Bayelsa State,” he stated.

NDDC Director, Corporate Affairs, Dr Ibitoye Abosede, in a statement, also quoted Ogbuku as saying that the 29-kilometre road stood out as an example of what could be achieved through partnerships.

According to a statement, Ogbuku commended the management of the NLNG for reaching out to collaborate with the Commission, stating: ”What is paramount to us is that the NLNG is keen to partner with the NDDC to develop the Niger Delta region. We want partnerships that will bring prosperity to the people of the Niger Delta region.”

General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development, NLNG, Mr Andy Odey, had earlier noted that development of the Niger Delta region was key to its operations in the region which has been on-going for over two decades.

He said: “Part of building Nigeria is through partnerships. We are happy that such an opportunity has presented itself to us today. We pride ourselves in working towards sustainable development.”

“We believe that development cannot happen alone through government. The best way for development to happen is through partnerships.”

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