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Sen. Ndoma Egba, Chairman, Governing Board, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has appealed to the Rivers Government to reverse the revocation of the land the commission acquired for its headquarters in Port Harcourt.
This appeal is contained in a statement signed by the chairman and made available to newsmen on Friday in Abuja.
According to the statement, Egba made the call when he led members of the NDDC board on a courtesy visit to Gov. Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt on Friday.
“The Chairman called attention of State Government to the urgent need for the parcel of land to the Commission’s operations.
“We are confident the Rivers state government will reverse its earlier decision, because the state has since inception shown tremendous goodwill to NDDC,” the statement read.
It further stated that the NDDC chairman expressed appreciation to the state government for hosting the commission since its creation 16 years ago, and urged it to sustain the support.
“The state promised to give us a headquarters building at inception and it delivered on that; we want the government to help us protect that property which is facing some legal challenges.
“The Chairman disclosed that work was in progress at the site of the permanent headquarters of the Commission, adding that the land that was revoked by the government for public use would provide access to the new office complex.
“We appeal that the land be given back to us because of its importance,” it read in part.
According to the statement, “Governor Nyesom Wike acknowledged the challenges facing the Commission at the temporary headquarters and promised to assist in addressing the issue.
“He, however, held back on the issue of the revoked NDDC land, noting that some security matters needed to be addressed before that could be done.
“The governor stated that the NDDC needed the cooperation of the state governments in the Niger Delta to achieve its goal of fast-tracking development in the region.
“He urged the NDDC to embark on projects that would add value to the lives of the people of the oil-rich region.’’
The statement further reported that the governor urged NDDC to focus on the core mandate of developing the Niger Delta.
“The governor reiterated that his government was ready to support all efforts in that direction.
“He advised the NDDC to avoid cases of duplication of projects, stating that the Commission should endeavour to consult the state before embarking on projects in the area.
“The NDDC team included the Managing Director, Mr Nsima Ekere; the Executive Director Finance and Administration, Mr Mene Derek; and Executive Director Projects, Engr. Samuel Adjogbe.’’